ERIC Number: EJ720576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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From the Balkans to the Baltics: Challenges for Civic Education in Two Eastern European Countries
Mason, Terrence C.
International Journal of Social Education, v20 n2 p115-131 Fall-Win 2005-2006
As the new democratic republics of Eastern Europe experience sweeping transformations in their political, economic, and social institutions, their educational systems must also undergo changes to address the new roles and responsibilities of citizens. The purpose of this article is to explore the impact of these changes in two specific contexts, Lithuania and Macedonia, by drawing upon research conducted in conjunction with two projects in which the author has recently been involved, one at Vilnius Pedagogical University in Lithuania, and the other at South East European University in Macedonia. These studies, by utilizing questionnaire responses from education students at these institutions, address the challenges being confronted as educators in these countries seek to create educational systems and teaching practices that support democratic values and participatory citizenship. Although the studies were conducted separately and the contexts and specific issues differ in each setting, their findings reveal some commonalities and differences concerning the struggles that educators encounter, particularly regarding the role of schools as sites for promoting democracy. (Contains 17 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Democratic Values, Democracy, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Questionnaires, School Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Lithuania; Macedonia