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Nurturing and shared responsibility in Swedish compulsory music education: Contribution to symposia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2012 (English)In: International Society fo Music Education / [ed] ISME, Thessaloniki: ISME , 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the new national curricula for primary and lower secondary schools in Sweden it says that: “Teaching should be carried out in democratic forms and prepare students for active societal participation. It should develop their ability to take personal responsibility”. More concrete the teacher shall develop rules for work and intercourse in co-operation with the students, and together with the parents nurture the students and make clear the school’s norms and rules as a starting-point for work and co-operation. My contribution to the symposia will take Hanna Arendt’s view of democracy and common sense as a point of departure for an investigation where Swedish student voices about the functions of rules in (music) classrooms are related to the formulations in the curricula. Connected to Arendt’s view of democracy is her thinking about balance between Vita Activa and Vita contemplativa, about sociality in relation to individualism, the need of a language, and the right to being heard and listened to. Questions that will be elaborated upon are: Do the experienced functions of rules in Sweden encourage multi voicedness, reflection, and responsible future (musical) members of society? In what ways do rule systems in Swedish music class rooms contribute to bildung, curiosity and respect among students and teachers?

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Thessaloniki: ISME , 2012.
Keyword [en]
Classroom rules, Hannah Arendt, democracy, common sense
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Curriculum Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162552DiVA: diva2:460778
International Society for Music Education 2012 Greece
Available from: 2011-12-01 Created: 2011-12-01 Last updated: 2013-04-02

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