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ERIC Number: EJ819135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0264-3944
"I Want People to Believe in Me, Listen When I Say Something and Remember Me"--How Students Wish to Be Treated
Bergmark, Ulrika
Pastoral Care in Education, v26 n4 p267-279 Dec 2008
In Sweden the compulsory school curriculum prescribes that education should promote learning in different subjects while simultaneously assisting students to develop into citizens of good character. To achieve these goals students need to cultivate such character strengths as respect and responsibility, so that they can create positive relationships and live in a community. The development of these skills in a school setting could be called character education. Research shows that good character education promotes the moral development of students and also enhances their academic learning. Giving voice to students is the cornerstone of character education; if adults in schools listen carefully to students educational practice can be improved. This study was conducted in a secondary school in northern Sweden. The phenomenology of the life-world and the principles of participatory and appreciative action research guided the research. The aim was to explore student voices as they described how they do and do not wish to be treated by others. The empirical data consisted of written responses to questions posed to students in Grades 7 and 8. The data analysis revealed four themes: striving for mutual understanding, being accepted for who you are, seeking honesty and truth and being acknowledged, recognized and encouraged. A comprehensive understanding of the themes suggests how practice may be improved in educational settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden