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Dialogue for democracy

Author(s) Elmeroth, E:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
In this paper I present an attempt to create dialogues among teenagers in a Swedish school. Dialogues are essential in education for citizenship, and particular for the development of democratic citizens. By talking and listening to each other the pupils in this study were supposed to learn respect and empathy. The teacher wanted to foster the children to take part in society and stand up for their own opinions through training in dialogue. In the dialogues the pupils were supposed to deal with feelings in order to create solidarity and democracy. The teachers used one lesson every fortnight for these dialogues.

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