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To educate democratic citizens: An overview of the current research situation about democracy & education, with focus on student influence.

Nilsson, Marie LU (2009) STVA21 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract
I have in this essay looked at the current (2008) research situation in Sweden on education and democracy, with focus on student influence. My aim is to make a brief overview of the research done about democratic education with focus on student influence.
The essay begins with a short introduction and background before discussing the primary methods used by the researchers; these include questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and observations. I then discuss the Lpo94, democracy, education and student influence in detail. This leads me to the conclusion that there is very little said about the teachers – it is primarily the students’ perspectives that are considered. Most researchers tend to assume student influence is positive for... (More)
I have in this essay looked at the current (2008) research situation in Sweden on education and democracy, with focus on student influence. My aim is to make a brief overview of the research done about democratic education with focus on student influence.
The essay begins with a short introduction and background before discussing the primary methods used by the researchers; these include questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and observations. I then discuss the Lpo94, democracy, education and student influence in detail. This leads me to the conclusion that there is very little said about the teachers – it is primarily the students’ perspectives that are considered. Most researchers tend to assume student influence is positive for education and therefore a lot of focus has been put on to what extent the students possesses influence. Also, it is widely believed deliberative democracy is the key to improve student influence. Finally, the field is lacking an, at this moment nonexistent discussion about what concretely can and should be done to reach the goals set by Lpo94 and the school committee about student influence in the schools. (Less)
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Nilsson, Marie LU
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STVA21 20091
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L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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research overview, student influence, education, deliberation, democracy
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English
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1361794
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2009-04-17 09:04:30
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  abstract     = {I have in this essay looked at the current (2008) research situation in Sweden on education and democracy, with focus on student influence. My aim is to make a brief overview of the research done about democratic education with focus on student influence.
The essay begins with a short introduction and background before discussing the primary methods used by the researchers; these include questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and observations. I then discuss the Lpo94, democracy, education and student influence in detail. This leads me to the conclusion that there is very little said about the teachers – it is primarily the students’ perspectives that are considered. Most researchers tend to assume student influence is positive for education and therefore a lot of focus has been put on to what extent the students possesses influence. Also, it is widely believed deliberative democracy is the key to improve student influence. Finally, the field is lacking an, at this moment nonexistent discussion about what concretely can and should be done to reach the goals set by Lpo94 and the school committee about student influence in the schools.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Marie},
  keyword      = {research overview,student influence,education,deliberation,democracy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {To educate democratic citizens: An overview of the current research situation about democracy & education, with focus on student influence.},
  year         = {2009},
}