What may be learnt in ethics? Varieties of conceptions of ethical competence to be taught in compulsory school
Other conference contribution, 2015

The aim of the paper is to present the framework of this newly started project and report some initial findings. Questions about a compulsory school teaching ethics has regained urgency in Sweden since national tests are given in ethics. Every fourth child in grade six and nine are evaluated every year as having/not having approved knowledge of ethics, and one can ask if it is reasonable to be forced to undertake a test assessing your skills in ethics and risk being evaluated as not passing. This raises the question of what constitutes relevant knowledge in this field, a question which to a large extent has been absent in research. The purpose of the project is to identify and elucidate varieties of conceptions of ethical competence and critically analyse and discuss them, in relation to each other and in relation to ethical theory, as potential educational content in compulsory school.


Olof Franck

University of Gothenburg

Annika Lilja

University of Gothenburg

Annika Lindskog

University of Gothenburg

Christina Osbeck

University of Gothenburg

Karin Sporre

Johan Tykesson

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Statistics

University of Gothenburg

The 5th NoFa-Conference (Nordisk Fagdidaktisk konferens), Helsinki, Finland, 27-29 May

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