London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Legitimacy or Political Mobilisation? A Critical Analysis of Norwegian Social Studies Textbooks

Author(s) Børhaug, K.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross A. Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This textbook assessment project examined the most commonly used textbooks in social studies (in which civics is an integrated part in Norway) for lower and upper secondary education. Political participation depends on an understanding of what political participation is, how it makes a difference in the political system and how it makes sense to the individual citizen. How textbooks present political participation as meaningful action is therefore the research question for this paper. Democratic theory provides different conceptions of what political participation is, what role it plays in political life and what motivates individual political participation. The textbook data is therefore be examined in relation to a theoretical framework of democratic theory.

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