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ERIC Number: ED436460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-7
Pages: 12
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Contemporary Involvement in Political and Civic Life: Trends and Implications of the Romanian Case.
Georgescu, Dakmara
Any discussion about present-day involvement in political and civic life in Romania raises challenging questions, for example, the kind of democracy they have and how power relates to public life involvement needs to be examined. Another question is how an all-out education reform can help build a mentality of positive involvement. A 2-year opinion survey for students and professors early on elicited answers about human rights education which persistently ignored the ideas of influencing public decision-making and involvement in community life. Two years later the attitude of participants had changed appreciably, and reference to involvement and civic participation was expressed more often. An interactive teaching approach assisted and promoted by purposefully designed materials and teacher training classes may have brought about the change. The project showed what the prevailing political mentality of the ordinary Romanian citizen was like in 1994-96 and the "wonders" that a specific educational approach can work in a rather short time. For a society in transition from totalitarianism to a democratic political system set on the tenets and mechanisms of modern liberal democracy, the rule of law and free market economics, the human rights issue, and liberal democratic values are a multi-faceted challenge. In Romania's schools and universities an apparent tension exists between what is referred to as civic identity, ethnic identity, and human rights universality. As of the 1998-99 school year a new curriculum framework has taken effect which should help bring respect for the dignity of students and teachers (and parents) and a school-designed and developed social practice that is efficient in a democratic sense. (Contains 4 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Romania