Information Technology as a tool for democratic skills
2007 (English)In: Forms of democracy in education: Open access and distance education, 2007, 155-162 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Democracy does not depend only on political conditions and processes in society. Psychological conditions and processes of participating persons or citizens are also important. Dialog, for example, is necessary for democracy. But dialog does not occur among people who are absolutely convinced about the truth of their ideas. A personal critical attitude toward own beliefs is a necessary precondition for dialog and democracy. How can IT train for self-criticism, systematic searching and critical thinking? This paper presents two IT-tools, a micro-world simulation of society and a decision support system, which can be used to stimulate autonomous thinking. Autonomous thinking is unconstraint, self-critical, systematic and holistic problem solving and decision making. Both these tools can be used in distance education for democracy using the Internet.
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2007. 155-162 p.
informationsteknologi, kommunikationsteknologi, demokrati, politik, etik, moral, etisk kompetens, problemlösning, beslutsfattande, dator, datoretik, simulering, mikrovärld, expertsystem, användbarhet; computer, information, communication, technology, democracy, politics, ethics, ethical competence, skill, simulation, microworld, decision support, usability
Computer and Information Science Information Science Computer Science Psychology Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) Pedagogy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-12102ISBN: 978-960-7860-75-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-12102DiVA: diva2:39871