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ENGAGEMENT, DELIBERATION AND INFORMATION: HOW STUDENTS THINK ABOUT DEMOCRACY

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.4381

Keywords:

citizenship, civic engagement, youth, school, education

Abstract

This work sought to understand the way high school students from a public school in Porto Alegre (RS) understand the concept of democracy, based on the premise that this notion is necessary for an effective civic engagement and could also indicate  the role of education in public life that has taken place in our context. This is a qualitative and exploratory research, being part of a larger study. A school was contacted in May 2018, and 197 high school students participated in the survey. The results of the analysis of the students' answers to the question “What is democracy?” will be presented. As the method of analysis, the Thematic Analysis was used. Based on the responses of the participants, five thematic axes were generated, in which the ideas about democracy seem to show an important distance from the theme of democracy. It is argued that even with several mobilization resources guaranteed nowadays and pro-democracy postures being evident, the biggest barrier to an effective exercise of public life may still be the absence of opportunity to political instrumentalization, through more information and the defense of the democracy values . Therefore, we lack institutional guarantees in an aspect firmly evidenced as indispensable by the academic literature: the guarantee of being politically educated. It is argued that the most deficient aspect for active youth citizenship is the guarantee of formal spaces so that it can be built, and that this must occur within schools.

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Author Biographies

Marina Valentim Brasil, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Master in Psychology and Doctoral Student in Psychology - Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS).

Isadora Bins Ely, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Graduate in Psychology. CAPES Scientific Initiation Scholarship.

Angelo Brandelli Costa, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Psychology and the Postgraduate Program in Social Sciences, and the Postgraduate Program in Medicine and Health Sciences at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) and coordinator of the Group of Prejudice, Vulnerability and Psychosocial Processes.

Posted

07/04/2022

How to Cite

Brasil, M. V., Ely, I. B., & Costa, A. B. (2022). ENGAGEMENT, DELIBERATION AND INFORMATION: HOW STUDENTS THINK ABOUT DEMOCRACY. In SciELO Preprints. https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.4381

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Applied Social Sciences

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