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The Letter Project — students' own stories

Carina Gunnarson

in Cultural Warfare and Trust

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076725
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719076725.003.0009
The Letter Project — students' own stories

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This chapter discusses the results of the Letter Project, where students in four selected classes in Palermo were invited to write private letters on different themes during their three years at lower secondary school. A total of 222 letters were received, on four themes: ‘A normal day in my life’, ‘My district’, ‘Relations with other people’ and ‘Reflections on important events at school’. The analysis of students' letters is organised according to different themes. The first consists of students' description of school life, including their perception of school, interaction with teachers, social interaction with peers, and experiences of school excursions. The chapter also includes students' narratives about trust in other persons and their descriptions of the residents and their neighbourhoods. How do these young people reason about trust? Do they believe that people in general can be trusted, or are they cautious when dealing with other people? What motivates their perceptions on trust? This chapter presents students' own stories about trust and cooperation.

Keywords: Palermo; students; trust; Letter Project; school life; teachers; peers; school excursions; neighbourhoods; cooperation

Chapter.  14167 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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