A discussion on whether a healthy democracy should have focus groups and referenda
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The diversity this produced was helpful when it came to discussing such subjects as same-sex marriage, the rights of women or the ban on blasphemy in the current constitution. Promoting youth participation in democracy: The role of higher education.
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Three researchers the first named author and two others conducted a total of 43 focus groups involving young people. Garrison, ed. A series of meetings were also held with teachers and local government officials during the course of the research including one research interview with two teachers in the first school to take part. It was engagement with discussing the referendum in class that had a positive impact as opposed to taking the subject of Modern Studies or particular demographics ibid. They saw the referendum as an important decision affecting their future and felt that residence in Scotland, rather than citizenship status, should be the main criterion for eligibility to vote. Timetables permitting, these pupils then participated in later focus groups with younger pupils in their school. The party most responsible for the introduction of focus groups into Britain is Labour.
Democracy and education. The pupils in the focus groups were aged between 15 to 18 year olds.
These latter comments may be related to the timing of some of the focus groups being up to a year before the referendum. Toward Reflective and Imaginative Practice.
In future the government will be far better informed of public opinion and will be able to take care of the major issues more quickly and effectively.
It has been argued that the best provision occurs when specialist teachers lead citizenship education Kerr, Each focus group had between three and eight pupils. While numbers of focus groups are provided below we were not interested in a strict quantitative account of how many of each focus group were of one particular opinion, or how many focus groups overall thought one thing or another, rather we were interested in the different answers and the proportions of focus group opinions rather than specific numbers of individual student responses that were recorded.
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What if this procedure had been applied in the UK last week? Increasingly in Britain today the use of focus groups is becoming more and more common, not just by research institutions but by the government. From the outset the study was envisaged as one related to schooling in political community and democratic education. The focus groups provided them with a clear indication of what the British public wanted and consequently Labour changed their policies to fit in with this. Pinterest Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. There is no separate compulsory Citizenship course for students in Scotland unlike other parts of the U. Timetables permitting, these pupils then participated in later focus groups with younger pupils in their school. In future the government will be far better informed of public opinion and will be able to take care of the major issues more quickly and effectively. The Italy of Silvio Berlusconi came closest to fitting this definition of the post-democratic state but elsewhere too we have seen processes that tend in that direction. The registration process just couldn't be easier. This may be related to the study being conducted on school premises in school hours. Renaissance states such as Venice and Florence worked on the same basis and experienced centuries of political stability. The culture of immediate reporting now has instant feedback, resulting in even more of a cacophony. In: A. For Dewey, a community is not just a grouping of people who have something in common such as people with an interest in yoga, rather it is a group of people who come together and work towards a shared interest, such as the Greenham Common Protesters who campaigned against the siting of nuclear weapons in England Hipperson, u.
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