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ERIC Number: ED431695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 25
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Czech Democracy and Civic Education.
Bishop, J. Joe
This paper describes and analyzes definitions of democracy and civic education of teachers and students in each of three types of secondary schools in an emerging democracy: the Czech Republic. The paper's theoretical framework is rooted in anthropological and sociological notions of the social context of culture that attend to the fact that all human acts, like this statement and the research that informed it, display four features common to all acts of cultural production. Analysis focuses on the "subject-object relations" that are displayed in the class of objects acknowledged and singled out for attention as well as in the manner in which the object (democracy, citizenship, and civic education) is defined. Data reported were collected during 2 months of field work in the Czech Republic during 1997. Approximately 350 students were asked to write answers to the following questions: (1) How would you define democracy? (2) How would you define citizenship? and (3) How would you define civic education (citizenship education)? The answers listed in the paper are coded for evidence of recognition of the rights and obligations of democratic citizenship and comparisons are made across cities and types of schools as well as between students and teachers. Results reported in the paper suggest that "gymnazium" student responses are most similar to teacher responses in their recognition of democratic rights and obligations to the group while students from the lower level schools tended to recognize the rights accorded them by democratic institutions and not the mutually entailed group obligation. Includes 20 notes, 13 figures, a table and 88 references. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic