The research questions
The research questions concern:
- pupils’ development of ethical competence
- differences between classes related to used teaching approach and its implementation
- what can benefit or limit the development of ethical competence?
- teachers’ insights during fiction based ethical teaching
Six classes in different schools participate in the project: three with a fiction-based approach to Ethics Education (LitEtUnd), and three with their regular Ethics Education (OrdEtUnd).
The selected participating schools are paired for similar SES and ratio of pupils from a non-swedish speaking background. During the development phase, five teacher seminars will be conducted where LitEtUnd is refined. At the beginning and end of the implementation (one academic year), the pupils' ethical competence (six classes) will be tested. Nine lessons with a fictional text followed by teaching, small group discussions and a whole class conversation will be audio recorded.
The material will be analyzed based on an understanding of ethical competence as multidimensional. Teachers will be interviewed and insights over time about the possibilities and challenges will be documented. The teachers will also participate in analysis and reporting. Variations between classes and teachers in the implementation will be studied. An international advisory board contribute to the project.