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ERIC Number: ED538056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 140
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2920-1264-9
Citizenship Education in Europe
De Coster, Isabelle; Borodankova, Olga; De Almeida Coutinho, Ana Sofia; Paolini, Giulia
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission
This publication aims to capture how policies and measures relating to citizenship education have evolved over recent years in European countries. It focuses on the following areas which are integral to the provision of citizenship education: (1) Curriculum aims, approaches and organisation; (2) Student and parent participation in school governance; (3) School culture and student participation in society; (4) Student assessment, school evaluation and education system performance; and (5) Education, training and support for teachers and school heads. The report consists of five chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of citizenship education at school in Europe. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the status of citizenship education in central-level curricula and guidelines, and examines which teaching approaches are recommended for this subject area. Chapter 2 focuses on opportunities for students and parents to participate in school governance, as an aspect of school organisation that can contribute significantly to the development of citizenship knowledge and skills. Chapter 3 continues to discuss how students experience active and democratic citizenship within and beyond the school context. The focus in Chapter 4 is on the evaluation of both provision and outcomes of citizenship education. Chapter 5 explores the qualifications and support for two key groups in the implementation of citizenship education: teachers and school heads. Appended are: (1) Compulsory and elective approaches for citizenship education according to national curricula, 2010/11 (95); (2) Ongoing and recent national initiatives for encouraging student's participation in activities which promote citizenship education, in the local community and society, as reported by the Eurydice national units, 2011/12; and (3) Information organised per country for Figures 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 and 2.13. A glossary is included. Annexes contain references. (Contains 27 figures and 102 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
Identifiers - Location: Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales)