Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Swedish students’ conceptual knowledge about civics and citizenship: An interview study
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3408-6829
2015 (English)In: Citizenship Teaching and Learning, ISSN 1751-1917, E-ISSN 1751-1925, Vol. 11, no 1, 9-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The background for this study is a model for civics knowledge and teaching that distinguishes conceptual knowledge, ability to identify social and political issues, and civic literacy. The study itself investigates challenges in civics teaching by focusing on students’ difficulties understanding the subject matter. In a think aloud interview, some of the most difficult questions from the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study were presented to 29 eighth-grade students in a municipality fairly representative of average Swedish conditions. There were shortcomings in their conceptual knowledge and also in their understanding of social and democratic principles, highlighting the importance of reading skills for civic ability. The article suggests strategic work with conceptual learning and for civic teaching to include an explicit focus on reading comprehension. It suggests that the ability to reflect on complex civic issues is benefited by asking questions and discussing social and political principles from different perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect Ltd., 2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 9-28 p.
Keyword [en]
civic education, conceptual knowledge, political understanding, civic literacy, civics teaching, ICCS (International Civic and Citizenship Education Study)
National Category
Social Sciences Didactics
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46972DOI: 10.1386/ctl.11.1.9_1OAI: diva2:877351
Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(986 kB)50 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 986 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text,id=20774/

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Arensmeier, Cecilia
By organisation
School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden
In the same journal
Citizenship Teaching and Learning
Social SciencesDidactics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 50 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 173 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link