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Demokrati: En kvalitativ studie om demokrati i ämnet samhällskunskap
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to examine how the concept of democracy and education for democracy are formulated in school policy documents related to the four teacher’s description of their work with democracy in the civic subject. The study is based on the following questions: 

  • What type of democracy is presented in the school curriculum as well as other school policy documents?

  • How do the participant teachers understand democracy?

  • How do the participant teachers describe and motivate their work with democracy?

This study is made through a qualitative method based on a contextual analysis and interviews with four teachers working in grade 1-3. The study is based on two theoretical extensions and these are electoral-, participate-, deliberate democracy and the traditional- , liberal progressive-, social critical orientated views.

Common to the four school policy documents that have been analysed, the most prominent conceptions of and approaches to democracy is participatory and deliberative democratic perspectives. The results show that the school documents and the teacher’s description of democracy rarely mention electoral democracy. However, it can be seen in the school policy documents that there is a notion that knowledge about democracy.  That is, knowledge of political ideologies and the selection process, is required to enable participatory and deliberative democracy.  Teachers understanding of democracy show mainly participatory democracy perspective. However, it has come to shown from the interviews that the teacher’s description of their work with democracy in the civic subject mainly shows deliberative perspectives. One conclusion of this study is that the documents and the teachers' descriptions of democracy and education for democracy are quite similar.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Democracy, teachers, electoral democracy, participate democracy, deliberative democracy
Keyword [sv]
Demokrati, lärare, valdemokrati, deltagardemokrati och deliberativt demokrati
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29113OAI: diva2:893781
Subject / course
Education Studies
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-01-14Bibliographically approved

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