ERIC Number: EJ1062191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Shame: Does It Have a Place in an Education for Democratic Citizenship?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n7 p661-674 2015
Shame, shame management and reintegrative shaming feature in some restorative justice literature, and may have implications for schools. Restorative justice in schools is effective when perpetrators of wrong-doing can accept and take ownership of their wrongful acts, are appropriately remorseful, and seek to make amends. Shame may be understood as an ethical matter if it is regarded to arise because of the contradiction between the wrongful act and the individual's sense of self and self-worth. Shame management (that is, seeking reintegrative over stigmatising shaming) can be regarded to reflect a form of social responsibility as it contributes to community restoration by repairing ruptured social relationships. The notion of shaming and acknowledgement of harm thus assumes norms of acceptable community behaviour, attitudes and relationships, and is therefore also an ethical matter. Successful restorative practices in schools depend on the school-wide existence and practice of such norms, and mesh with virtues education, stimulated by the contemporary demand of many national curricula to promote so-called key competencies. Although the concepts of restorative justice and reintegrative shaming serve as a context for this article, its chief impetus was provided by an evaluative study of a group of New Zealand schools, in the course of which notions such as shame, reintegration and exclusion became evident. The chief purpose of this article is to consider and problematise shame from the perspective of the philosophy of education, and ask whether the concept of shame has a place in schools, whose important aims ought to include the development of democratic citizenship.
Descriptors: Democracy, Justice, Citizenship, Ownership, Ethics, Self Concept, Social Responsibility, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Educational Philosophy, Ethical Instruction, Psychological Patterns, Educational Practices, Behavior Problems, School Role, Social Integration, Social Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand