Along with educational reform in 1990s, the cultivation of democratic citizen was added into as one of goals for vocational education in Taiwan. This research aims to develop a micro-course dedicated to civic empowerment for vocational education students. The newly developed course in this research is taught in one private vocational school to examine its effects. There are two main features for this micro-course: 1) the contents of the course focus on analysis of power structure of public institutions and how citizens can actively change the institutions; 2) the teaching of the course lays great emphasis on applying emotional narrative to bring empathy helping students to engage the discussion of public policy. The findings about the effect of the micro-course includes the following three aspects: 1) emotional narratives and job-related experiences are helpful to motivate students to actively participate class discussion; 2) it is beneficial for students learning about the functions and operation of government by applying the analogy between student self-governance group and governmental institutions; 3) educators should avoid the moral dichotomy during the analysis of power oppressions, but should not avoid critically identifying unjust power relations.
|Effective start/end date||2018/08/01 → 2019/07/31|
- citizenship education
- vocational school
- civic empowerment
- emotional narratives
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