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ERIC Number: EJ914709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
The Quality of Student Dialogue in Citizenship Education
Schuitema, Jaap; van Boxtel, Carla; Veugelers, Wiel; ten Dam, Geert
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v26 n1 p85-107 Mar 2011
This study investigates the relationship between the quality of student dialogue and students' ability to justify their viewpoints on a moral issue. A curriculum unit for dialogic citizenship education was developed and implemented in the 8th grade of secondary education. In the final lesson, students discussed a moral issue and then wrote an essay on it. The results show that students who made more value-related utterances during the discussion also referred more often and more explicitly in their individually written essays to moral values. This study indicates that the quality of the content of students' dialogue is important for their ability to substantiate their opinion on moral issues with value-laden argumentation. Approaches to citizenship education in which dialogue is a central element should, therefore, pay specific attention to the validation of ideas in student dialogue. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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