ERIC Number: ED470393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Learning Democratic Citizenship.
Duerr, Karlheinz; Spajic-Vrka, Vedrana; Martins, Isabel Ferreira
The fundamental changes have taken place in Europe since beginning of the 1990s that have led to new and complex challenges in established as well as in new democracies. In 1997, the Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) project was organized to find out which values and skills individuals need to become participating citizens, how they acquire these skills, and how they can learn to pass them on to others. The central concept in learning for democratic citizenship is an empowered citizen who is responsible for autonomous actions and relations with other citizens, groups, and institutions in a civil society. A project group composed of various education professionals was established at the beginning of the EDC project. The project activities, grounded in theory as well as in everyday practical life, were divided among three subgroups who worked on (1) concepts/definitions; (2) pilot projects/sites of citizenship; and (3) training and support systems. The activities carried out between 1997--2000 resulted in the project's synthesis report and three complementary studies presented at the project's final conference (Strasbourg, France, September 14-16, 2000). This report is divided into the two parts: (1) "Learning for Democratic Citizenship in Context"; and (2) "Methods and Practices." (Contains 72 notes.) (BT)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Democracy, Foreign Countries, Geographic Regions, Training Methods, Training Objectives
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).