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Learners’ democratic competence

Author(s) Vilgot Oscarsson  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2005  
Editor A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
The main goals for Swedish schools are to create conditions in which learners can become good citizens with democratic values. They should also gain knowledge of democratic procedures, democratic principles, and the right to influence, be responsible for and participate in life in school (Skolverket 2000). This paper presents some results of the National Evaluation of the Swedish Compulsory School 2003 (NU 03). The evaluation in grade 9 was of almost 6,800 learners and 1,600 teachers in 120 schools. The main aim of the evaluation was to find out to the extent to which the goals of the steering documents had been attained. A secondary aim was to relate these results to the national evaluation of 1992, to find if learners’ level of knowledge had improved or not (Skolverket 2004, Oscarsson & Svingby 2005). One of the most comprehensive questionnaires in the evaluation of the social sciences was called ‘Democracy in theory and practice’. About 2,200 learners answered questions about their knowledge and attitudes towards democracy, political institutions and democratic values, as well as issues related to their classroom atmosphere and the possibilities they had to influence the teaching and learning processes (Oscarsson, V. 2005).

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