ERIC Number: ED368657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Civic Education: Teaching about Society, Passing on Values. Report of the Council of Europe Teachers' Seminar (57th, Donaueschingen, Germany, October 12-17, 1992).
Audigier, F.; Lagelee, G.
This seminar report describes debates that centered around three civic educational themes of identity/citizenship, civics and school life, and the study of the European Convention on Human Rights along with ideas presented at the opening of the seminar and general conclusions at the end. The discussion of civic education led to a range of solutions that included 13 human rights propositions to form the basis of civic education. The first section detailed identity and citizenship as the two key concepts of civic education. The concepts covered three types of meanings: (1) that which is imposed and attributed; (2) that which is built up; and (3) that which can be changed. The seminar focused on school life and dealt with the development of democratic attitudes, learning the rules of community life, and training strategies for teachers. The European Convention on Human Rights as a resource was emphasized. Teaching approaches describe rewriting the text, an explanation of the words, expressions, and paragraphs, illustrations, applications, and schematization. A figure illustrates how human rights institutions work. Examples and worksheet activities provide classroom ideas. The seminar participants expressed a need for more information exchanges, a desire for the European Convention to appear on the secondary school curriculum, and a view of civics as everyone's responsibility. Recommendations from the seminar included teacher training, inclusion of civics in state curriculums, compulsory study of civics in secondary school by member states of the Council of Europe, and translation of the European Convention into all languages of member states. Two appendices contain a questionnaire on perceptions and opinions of civic education and a list of participants. (CK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Democratic Values, Educational Experience, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Secondary Education, Seminars, Social Studies, Teacher Associations
Council of Europe, B.P. 431 R6, F-67006 Strasbourg Cedex, France.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).