The fundamental aspect of deliberative democracy is the need for citizens and their representatives to justify their decisions, through public reasoning and public discussions. In order to participate in these discussions, citizens need well developed deliberative skills, knowledge and attitudes. The fundamental pedagogical assumption for the project is that deliberative knowledge, skills and attitudes are learned through participation in deliberative classroom discussions. In this project, the Norwegian democratic education is investigated, through qualitative interviews and qualitative observations, to see if traces of deliberative thoughts, aspects and practices can be identified.
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