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Social studies as socialisation, qualification and subjectification
2015 (English)In: ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), General Conference at Université de Montréal 26-29 augusti 2015, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In most countries, social studies is the assigned subject responsible for political education. Schools’ overall assignment can be defined using Gert Biesta’s three concepts of the functions of education: socialisation, qualification and subjectification. Firstly, schools have a role in socialising students into society, passing on values and knowledge. Secondly, the school system should contribute to students’ qualification as citizens, helping them advancing their civic and critical literacy. Thirdly, education should give students’ the possibility to be independent individuals. The functions, or dimensions, are separate, but meet in all kinds of education and generally aim at societal participation. In the intersections between the dimensions friction arises and teachers are faced with several educational challenges. One example is the meeting between legitimising perspectives and critical thinking; teachers should both uphold democratic values and trust of political institutions as well as allowing students to critically review them. Thus, there is a tension in allowing students to “be citizens” as well as qualifying them, thus seeing them as “citizens to be”. This paper theoretically examines how Biesta’s educational functions relate to social studies teaching and what challenges this poses for social studies teachers.

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2015.
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Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
Subject Learning and Teaching
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129446OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-129446DiVA: diva2:922328
Conference
ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), General Conference at Université de Montréal 26-29 augusti 2015
Available from: 2016-04-22 Created: 2016-04-22 Last updated: 2016-04-22

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