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What is private and what is public in young people’s learning of democracy?
Uppsala University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Teacher Training. Didaktik. (SIDES)
Mälardalens högskola. (SIDES)
2006 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper explores what is private and what is public in young people’s learning of democracy. Private and public are sometimes used within the field of education and democracy as spatial concepts in which they are to represent different places such as the home and the school. What we intend to explore in this paper are three dimensions of the distinction between public and private as they come into being in a school. The dimensions are: physical spaces such as the classroom and the dining hall; mental spaces such as self-reflexivity and self-creation; and social spaces such as power and negotiation. Our intention is to use these dimensions as analytical tools in order to translate young people’s experiences of schooling into an understanding of what meanings private and public hold for their learning of democracy. Our empirical data is collected through observations and interviews with youth at a secondary compulsory school in the middle part of Sweden.

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2006. 11- p.
Keyword [en]
Democracy, Education, Space, Political Socialization
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-23632OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-23632DiVA: diva2:51406
Available from: 2007-01-31 Created: 2007-01-31

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