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Moral aspects of therapeutic education: a case study of life competence education in Swedish education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities (CeHum). (Forskningsgruppen Livskunskap i skolan)
2012 (English)In: Journal of Moral Education, ISSN 0305-7240, E-ISSN 1465-3877, Vol. 41, no 1, 23-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Educational philosophers and sociologists have pointed out the potential risks of an educational trend of therapy, which seems to have connotations with Western macro-discourses of individualisation, popularised psychology and privatisation of the public room. The overall purpose of this article is to discuss potential risks and possibilities regarding moral aspects of therapeutic approaches in education from a teacher perspective. I will present the non-mandatory Swedish topic Livskunskap, life competence education (LCE), in a case study in the field of therapeutic education. The article is based on a small, qualitative empirical study of teachers' experiences of teaching LCE and observations of LCE lessons. The empirical material is analysed through two theoretical lenses, the first being critical aspects of therapeutic education, the second being an educational theory of the ethics of care, mainly developed by Nel Noddings.

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2012. Vol. 41, no 1, 23-37 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76724DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2011.638709ISI: 000300643700002OAI: diva2:527345


Available from: 2012-05-20 Created: 2012-05-16 Last updated: 2013-05-17Bibliographically approved

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