ERIC Number: ED218190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Preparation for Life in a Democratic Society in Five Countries in Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain).
The aim of this report is to identify and explain the relevant experiences that are being undertaken in some Southern European schools to prepare young people for living in a democracy. To prepare the report, the authors visited schools in five countries: Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain. They also obtained information from ad hoc reports by several countries as well as a bibliography made available by the Council of Europe. There are six chapters to the report. Chapter I provides a sociopolitical overview of Southern Europe. Socialising agencies other than the school--family, mass media, and peer group--are examined in chapter II. The school as a socialising agent is the topic of chapter III. The overall educational systems are analyzed and some examples of what goes on in specific schools and classrooms are described. Chapter IV deals with social, political, and civic education. Chapter V discusses the social and political attitudes among young Spaniards and social attitudes of students in Greece, Italy, Malta, and Portugal. The concluding chapter contains some suggestions, final comments, and references. Included among the final comments are the following. More able students are more supportive of democratic values than are others, even though their level of knowledge is low in every case because they have received no formal socio-political education. It is apparent that socialising agents outside the school do play an important role. The school must assume responsibility for reinforcing the basically democratic attitudes of adolescents. (RM)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Democracy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Role, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Mass Media, Peer Influence, Political Attitudes, Political Socialization, School Role, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Europe (South); Greece; Italy; Malta; Portugal; Spain
Note: This work has been published in French under the title: "Preparation a la vie dans une societe democratique dans cinq pays de l'Europe meridionale".