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ERIC Number: EJ1118112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1618-5293
The Beutelsbach Consensus
Reinhardt, Sibylle
Journal of Social Science Education, v15 n2 p11-13 Sum 2016
In 2016 an important anniversary is coming up for "The Beutelsbach consensus". It will have its 40th birthday. This consensus is of vital significance for the German dispute and discussion on teaching civics. "The Beutelsbach consensus" contains, and describes three points: (1) Prohibition against overwhelming the student. It is not permissible to catch students off-guard, by whatever means, for the sake of imparting desirable opinions, thereby hindering them from "forming an independent judgment"; (2) Matters which are controversial in scholarship and political affairs should also be presented as controversial in the classroom; and (3) Students should be put in a position to analyze a political situation and their own personal interests as well as to seek ways to have an effect on given political realities in view of these interests. The author comments on how "The Beutelsbach Consensus" was generated and how important it is.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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