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ERIC Number: EJ810503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Teaching European Identities
Raento, Pauliina
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v32 n3 p347-364 Sep 2008
The political, cultural and social make-up of Europe is changing fast. A new European identity is under construction, but old contradictions and diversity challenge its contents, forms and boundaries. Migration, the changing role of the nation-state and Europe's regions, the reshaping of politico-administrative and perceptional boundaries, the legacies of the Cold War and imperial practices, and legislative challenges are among those factors that influence quotidian life and identities in Europe at multiple scales. How should teachers of European identities address the resulting complexity in the classroom? What kind of foci would be the most fruitful in instruction and textbooks about European identities and their contemporary change? How does one connect the students' own experiences and recent research with learning in a satisfactory manner? And what constitutes "Europe" anyway? In this article, the author addresses these questions and describes how these questions steered her class design about European identities for undergraduates at the University of Minnesota during her visiting professorship in 2003-2005. She also presents six vignettes from contributors who represent several backgrounds and different pedagogical environments. The contributors center their discussions on teaching European identities. The vignettes are: (1) "Choosing Textbooks" by George W. White; (2) "The Territory--Identity Nexus" by Alexander B. Murphy; (3) "Marginals and Outsiders" by Merje Kuus; (4) "Immigration, Integration, and the Practice of Citizenship" by Patricia Ehrkamp; (5) "Eurotrip" by Donald McNeill; and (6) "The Matter with Europe" by Steven Flusty. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota