Rethinking Ethical-Political Education – Beyond the Nordic Model

  • Torill StrandEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 16)


Ethical-political education is an area of continuous disputes and conflicting beliefs, values and world-views related to its embedded complexity embracing social, cultural and not least political community and identity. In short, “education” is a name for those phenomena through which a community or society preserves and renews itself. The term “ethical-political education”, however, more explicitly relates to those aspects of education through which the communal and formative values and norms of a community, culture or society seem to be at stake. Discourses on ethical-political education do not only mirror conflictual values and beliefs. They also carry the potential to shape, justify, uphold and direct shared images, values, norms and practices. So, taking the fact that communal beliefs, values and worldviews are at stake in an ever-changing globalized and multi-faceted world, a systematic re-thinking of the many faces of ethical political education seems today more urgent than ever. This chapter gives and overview of this book by introducing an overall perspective on ethical-political education; some of the hot topics of today; and the ways in which the authors of this book explore and discuss these topics.


Ethical-political education Citizenship education Democracy The Nordic model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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