In the introduction we elicited and briefly talked about challenges at schools and in society at large such as lack of cooperation, poverty, fatigue, indifference, bullying, lack of tolerance, and even hate speech and discrimination. We asked participants to work in small groups and put on colored post-its what attitudes, skills and knowledge components they thought were necessary to overcome such challenges in the world and at schools. We then posted five broad categories that can be argued make up democratic competences:
- Diversity and Empathy
- Cooperation and Participation
- Human Rights and Equity
- Knowledge and Epistemology
- Self and Interaction
Next, the participants were asked to put their post-its into the categories where they thought those belonged. Although they had not been aware of the five categories practically all their post-its actually fit under the labels.