Att skapa fria, demokratiska och solidariska medborgare : En essä om att granska våra normer
This essay is about power, democracy, solidarity and equality in preschool. I examine three different situations to determine if I could have acted more sensibly in my interactions with the children. I portray: a ”children’s choice meeting” where children select an activity, a so-called emotional gathering and a dialogue at the lunch table about a popular movie that we plan to watch together afterwards. The purpose of this essay is to examine which norms and values form the basis of my actions, and if so, how these lead me to use my power to shape the children.
I have chosen to use hermeneutic and norm-critical perspectives where I investigate and examine my norms and values and how I react and act, both consciously and unconsciously. The methodology is a paper in essay form, where I get the chance to actively reflect on my actions from different theoretical perspectives throughout the writing process. The theoretical perspectives most essential in the study are Michel Foucault's theory of power, Anette Emilson’s argument about power leveling and theories of gender pedagogy inspired by Christian Eidevall, Klara Dolk and Anette Hellman.
My research questions concern matters such as how I use my power, how the values of the action conflict with the values of the purpose as well as potential other options for dealing with the situations. The results of this study highlight the importance of critically examining our own norms and values as these can lead to subconscious actions that are in opposition to the purpose of the action.
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