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Demokratin blir till - Ungdomars demokratiföreställningar och skolans roll

Chaib, Josef (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This study is about youths, democracy and school. It seeks to describe and problemize the school's role in the democratic society. Firstly, using Social Representations Theory, 44 upper secondary shool pupils? representations, or conceptions, of democracy are described and discussed. These representations are then analyzed in relation to the school's role in the democratic society, as it is described by different researchers.

The results show that many of the youths have a rather simplistic and abstract view of democracy, describing it only in terms of general principles and the main features of the representative democracy, such as voting in national elections. Only a few relate democracy to themselves or their own everyday environment.... (More)
This study is about youths, democracy and school. It seeks to describe and problemize the school's role in the democratic society. Firstly, using Social Representations Theory, 44 upper secondary shool pupils? representations, or conceptions, of democracy are described and discussed. These representations are then analyzed in relation to the school's role in the democratic society, as it is described by different researchers.

The results show that many of the youths have a rather simplistic and abstract view of democracy, describing it only in terms of general principles and the main features of the representative democracy, such as voting in national elections. Only a few relate democracy to themselves or their own everyday environment. The youths? reluctance to take a personal stance and to concretize different assertions are not astonishing ? but nonetheless noteworthy, considering the school's mission of fostering democratic citizens.

The qualitative approach of the study enabled young people to express themselves, and thus provided access not only to their attitudes and opinions, but also to their way of thinking and reasoning.

Key words: youths, democracy, school, conceptions, social representations (Less)
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author
Chaib, Josef
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
ungdomar, demokrati, skola, föreställningar, sociala representationer, Social sciences, Samhällsvetenskaper, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1324076
date added to LUP
2007-01-23
date last changed
2007-01-30
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  abstract     = {This study is about youths, democracy and school. It seeks to describe and problemize the school's role in the democratic society. Firstly, using Social Representations Theory, 44 upper secondary shool pupils? representations, or conceptions, of democracy are described and discussed. These representations are then analyzed in relation to the school's role in the democratic society, as it is described by different researchers.

The results show that many of the youths have a rather simplistic and abstract view of democracy, describing it only in terms of general principles and the main features of the representative democracy, such as voting in national elections. Only a few relate democracy to themselves or their own everyday environment. The youths? reluctance to take a personal stance and to concretize different assertions are not astonishing ? but nonetheless noteworthy, considering the school's mission of fostering democratic citizens.

The qualitative approach of the study enabled young people to express themselves, and thus provided access not only to their attitudes and opinions, but also to their way of thinking and reasoning.

Key words: youths, democracy, school, conceptions, social representations},
  author       = {Chaib, Josef},
  keyword      = {ungdomar,demokrati,skola,föreställningar,sociala representationer,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Demokratin blir till - Ungdomars demokratiföreställningar och skolans roll},
  year         = {2006},
}