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ERIC Number: ED395920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Interculturally-oriented Civics Teaching at Primary and Secondary Level. Final Symposium (Timisoara, Romania, December 7-11, 1994). Report.
Birzea, Cesar
This publication reports on the final symposium of the "Strategies for Interculturally-oriented Civics Teaching at Primary and Secondary Level" pilot project. The report presents an overview of the various aspects of the project and outlines the results of the experimental phase in which 40 teachers representing 16 European countries conducted civics education projects. Among the results were: significant changes in the organization of civics education and in teacher/pupil skills, changes in curricula, improved arrangements for pupil cooperation and pupil participation, and incorporation of the intercultural dimension into curricula and school life. Based on these results, symposium participants agreed that the project should be continued and broadened. The report then describes strategies for interculturally-oriented civics teaching. Participants noted that though civics teaching is not given priority in education policy, civics education is part of a blueprint for society, reflecting a dimension inherent in all human societies, and involving the interaction between several educational environments. Several aspects of an overall strategy are described, including aims (respect, commentaries, co-operation, diversity); principles; levels and spheres of action; parties and institutions involved; process and content; and methods and means. Constraints on civic education are mentioned, including the degradation of public life, the alienation of young people, political manipulation, bureaucratization of teaching, and cooperation between schools and local social and local political institutions. The report concludes with 12 conclusions and recommendations resulting from the symposium. Three appendices contain the reports of the three working groups, the symposium program, and a list of participants. (ND)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Europe; Europe (Central); Europe (East)
Note: Part of Project "Democracy, Human Rights, Minorities: Educational and Cultural Aspects." For a related document, see ED 379 223.