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Lärarens upplevelse kring kontroversiellafrågor i SO-undervisningen
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS).
2024 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Teacher's Experience RegardingControversial Issues in Education (English)
Abstract [en]

In a world characterized by constant changes and increasing diversity, controversialevents unfold in society on a daily basis. Given the School's role in educating democraticcitizens, it is imperative for educational institutions to adapt and incorporate current andcontroversial topics into their curriculum. This thesis explores the perspectives of socialstudies teachers on controversial issues in the classroom. Employing a phenomenologicalapproach and conducting in-depth interviews with social studies teachers, the studyanalyzes their subjective experiences, definitions of the subject, and approaches toteaching controversial topics. Therefore, our purpose and research questions are groundedin three themes, which are also pervasive throughout the work: Teacher management,teacher experience, and teacher definition of controversial issues in education.In summary, the results from our interview study reveal that teachers acknowledge theemotional impact associated with these issues, a finding supported by prior research. Thechallenge lies in the complexity of these topics and the ability to strike a balance betweenintellectual challenge and emotional understanding. The study highlights the difficultyteachers face in maintaining objectivity while navigating through their own values, andthe intricate interplay between subject content, emotions, and the teacher's ownperspective. It is evident that a conscious effort is required to create a classroomatmosphere that fosters open dialogues and respectful confrontations to promotedemocratic values, where diverse perspectives can be included.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2024. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Agonism, controversial issues, controversial topics, democratic education, deliberative conversations, power relation, sensitive subjects, social studies didactics.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66467OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-66467DiVA, id: diva2:1846741
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LS Master of Arts in Primary Education School Years 4­-6
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Available from: 2024-03-26 Created: 2024-03-25 Last updated: 2024-03-26Bibliographically approved

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