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Political Judgement in Education
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Educational Sciences. (Induction)
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that there is a need to bring in the concept of political judgment to the discussion oncitizenship education. There is also a need to enlarge the view on political judgment by recognizing emotionsas an important part of an individual’s cognition and perception. Furthermore, results are presented from acontent analysis of the international ICCS report (IEA, 2009) in which the analysis starts from a distinctionbetween political knowledge and political judgment. In line with the distinction, this paper critiques an overrelianceon the notion of progression in education based on predetermined subject matter and outcomes,which is reflected in the ICCS report (IEA, 2009) as a knowledge-first hegemony. This refers to the skills for afuture democratic citizenship as purely cognitive phenomena, where “knowledge” is to be transferred throughschooling. Drawing on the work of Mouffe (1995) and Biesta (2006, 2007), teachers’ and students’ politicaljudgment – in a wider understanding by also taking into account emotions, beliefs, norms, and values (cf.Bauman, 1995; Marcus, 2000) – becomes a key concept in recognizing and understanding an extended viewof political skills and action in the everyday practices of schooling. In order to strengthen the argument onpolitical judgment, empirical example from multiple case studies conducted at a Swedish school arepresented. These show a recurrent situation in which students enact their political judgment in a settingwhere political action is not recognized as acceptable behaviour. The paper concludes with a discussion ofthe ICCS report in relation to the suggested enlarged view on political judgment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
Citizenship Education, Democracy and Education, Political Judgment, Young People
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-8733OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-8733DiVA: diva2:411934
Conference
The Annual Conference of the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe (CiCe), 9 - 11 June, Dublin, Ireland
Available from: 2011-04-20 Created: 2011-04-20 Last updated: 2011-09-23Bibliographically approved

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