Subject Pedagogy Research Group Events

A review of the current evidence on promising educational approaches which are likely to improve the attainment and participation of low-SES students in science education

27 February 2018 15:00 - 16:30
Seminar Room B

Speaker: Dr. Judith Hillier

Convener: Professor Gabriel Stylianides, Subject Pedagogy Research Group

Students’ Perceptions of Democracy, Politics, and Citizenship Preparation in Upper Secondary Social studies

22 March 2018 15:30 - 17:00
Seminar Room D

Speaker: Nora Elise Hesby Mathe Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo, Norway

Convener: Dr Ian Thompson

Abstract: In this project, I have investigated how 16 – 17-year-old students enrolled in the obligatory subject social studies in Norwegian Upper Secondary school perceive and relate to the concepts of ‘democracy’ and ‘politics’, and how they view the role of social studies in terms of preparing them for citizenship. This is a mixed methods study, utilising individual and group interviews, as well as a quantitative survey. In this presentation, I will focus on the second sub-study, namely students’ perceptions of the concept of politics and their conceptions of the relationship between people and politics. This study has implications for citizenship education, particularly in view of research from the UK and other Western democracies raising concern about young people’s levels of political interest and participation.