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Ethics in Indian schools: behaving like a citizen
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for the Studies of Social Sciences Didactics (from 2013). Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5081-0154
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The paper continues a discussion begun at isrev 2016, and attempts to de-westernize ethics by contrasting Indian ways of teaching the subject to similar Western applications, as exemplified by Sweden. The main focus of the paper is the subject of ethics and moral values in Indian education. There is a common core (ncf), interpreted by state and national school boards, and to which aforementioned parties can add additional content to the curriculum. The study’s empirical material from India is based on three such interpretations: Uttar Pradesh’ school board and two national school boards (cisce and cbse). Textual analysis is combined with ethnographic research, with material such as the ncf and textbooks, interviews, and observations. The study shows that moral values are seen as central in education, not as a theoretical subject discussing ethics, but rather as values inculcated in students and displayed by the latter through behaving as Indian citizens. In India, there is an emphasis on doing and behavior – living the proper life, if you will – whereas Sweden emphasizes theoretical reasoning about values and ethics.

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2017.
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Religious Studies Didactics
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Religious Studies and Theology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70223OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-70223DiVA, id: diva2:1264878
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EthiCo: What may be learnt in ethics? Present and future conceptions of ethical competence, Göteborg, 11-13 december 2017
Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2018-11-22Bibliographically approved

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