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ERIC Number: EJ812418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0272
Educating Voters: Political Education in Norwegian Upper-Secondary Schools
Borhaug, Kjetil
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v40 n5 p579-600 Oct 2008
Research on political education in schools suggests that an emphasis on formal structure, constitutional principles, formal citizen rights, and debates on current issues is common. The Norwegian national curriculum on political education envisions a different political education emphasizing that students should be critical of political life and social structures, that they should be familiar with democratic ideals, learn how they may influence by means of various forms of political participation, and be motivated to do so. I examine whether these ambitions are realized at the classroom level. Based on qualitative interviews and classroom observations I conclude that Norwegian political education is centred on political parties and on an attempt to help students find out which party is closest to their preferences. Political education takes the form of voter training for competitive elite democracy. (Contains 1 table and 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway