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Anthropological researching of political culture and school

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.03.02  Humanities  Anthropology  Social and cultural anthropology 

Code Science Field
S220  Social sciences  Cultural anthropology, ethnology 
S210  Social sciences  Sociology 
Political culture, educational culture, interactive communication, autoritarian personality, totalitarianism, democracy, autonomy, school, critical thinking, learning, knowledge, problem oriented teaching.
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11756  PhD Janez Kolenc  Anthropology  Researcher  1998 - 1999  231 
2.  05606  PhD Bogomir Novak  Anthropology  Head  1998 - 1999  848 
3.  04188  PhD Angelca Žerovnik  Educational studies  Researcher  1998 - 1999  296 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0553  Educational Research Institute  Ljubljana  5051614000  7,076 
The aim of the research project “Anthropological Research of Political Culture and School” is to test the hypothesis that development of democracy in countries in transition is more dependent on subjective factors than on the objective ones. The method used is double hermeneutics. The proposed thesis is that the school in the totalitarian societies is totalitarian as it is democratic in democratic societies although it is relatively autonomous in the period of transition. Socialism was a totalitarian system with an autocratic political culture exercising domination over school by ideological-monopolistic patterns of the Communist party. The Euro-centric culture has only been put forward in the process of joining of the independent Slovenia to the European Union. The transition has made room for political pluralism and educational pluralism with dualism of schools and plural educational interests. Both, the democratic political and the democratic educational culture are at its beginnings. The Slovene national culture is characterised by dualism, the old and the new cleavages (e.g. between liberalism and clericalism) and the present incapability to reconciliate them, by the conflict in the system of values and by the feeling being endangered by other, bigger states. The latent and partially present autocratism as well as particularism of interests, which preserve the fragmentation and heterogeneity of both types of cultures, are still present in political culture. Liberal values are prevailing in school which is pressumably the consequence of the liberal party regulating the school system. Some socialist values are preserved, some Christian values are gaining grounds particularly in the licensed private schools. The lower level of development of democratic educational culture in schools is represented in the following points: lack of rational argumentation in classes, no civic education in schools, no inter-institutions between school and university, not enough team and problem-oriented teaching, too little learning and thinking that helps personal development.
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