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The weak human and the saving grace of the welfare state: German pupils’ perception of future social change and drivers of change

Nordensvard, Johan (2013) The weak human and the saving grace of the welfare state: German pupils’ perception of future social change and drivers of change. Futures, 49 . pp. 22-34. ISSN 0016-3287

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Abstract

Social change has often been seen as a desired goal of critical pedagogy. Interestingly; there is little research about how pupils in Germany perceive the concept of social change and what drives social change. This article presents the outcome of a three year long research project that aimed to analyse how a sample of German pupils makes sense of social change and what forces drive social change in society through future narratives (written assignments and interviews). The study finds that pupils have an implicit and explicit understanding of politics and the state as a driving force, but that this is challenged by external drivers such as the global economy/technology and internal drivers such as human self-interest/egoism and insecurity/fear. In this study, the pupils often describe the present economy as being organised and the future economy to become more and more disorganised. Using future narratives in critical pedagogy can be a way to work more closely with the students and their perceptions of social change and drivers of change.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/futures
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 16:00
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49903/

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