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Improving Social Competence via e-Learning?

The Example of Human Rights Education

Sandra Reitz

This book analyses whether improving social competence via e-learning is possible at all. Therefore, an e-learning program for human rights education is developed and evaluated with pre- and post-tests. Social competences as well as human rights education are often divided into areas of «cognition», «attitudes» and «behaviour». In order to achieve the pedagogical goals, all three areas have to be considered. In contrast to the cognitive area, the attitudinal and behavioral areas pose a particular challenge: so far, hardly any programs exist that explicitly consider these areas – most e-learning programs focus on the dissemination of knowledge. Thanks to the participation of over one hundred learners, some generalizing conclusions can be drawn from this program.

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DIT: Defining Issues Test (developed by James R. Rest) MJI: Moral Judgment Interview (developed by Lawrence Kohlberg) MJT: Moral Judgment Test (developed by Georg Lind) MUD: Multi User Dungeon OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development UDHR: Universal Declaration of Human Rights UN: United Nations UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization VLE: Virtual Learning Environment

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