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ERIC Number: EJ876231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
School Democratic Meetings: Pupil Control Discourse in Disguise
Thornberg, Robert
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n4 p924-932 May 2010
The aim of this qualitative case study is to investigate how learning in "democratic participation" is constituted by the social interaction and conversation pattern in school democratic meetings in a Swedish primary school. According to the findings, a pupil control discourse and the Initiation-Response-Evaluation pattern dominates the conversations. The teacher initiates by asking a question, the pupils respond by answering the question, and then the teacher evaluates that response. The findings show no discursive shift from traditional classroom talk to democratic deliberative talk. Instead there is an emphasis on the "right answers" and subordinating authorities rather than deliberative dialogue and democratic participation, which influences pupils to adopt a naive or a cynical attitude to democracy. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden