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ERIC Number: EJ880709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0261-9768
Pupils' Voices about Citizenship Education: Comparative Case Studies in Finland, Sweden and England
Kjellin, Margareta Sandstrom; Stier, Jonas; Einarson, Tanja; Davies, Trevor; Asunta, Tuula
European Journal of Teacher Education, v33 n2 p201-218 May 2010
The aim of the article is to present and discuss a study in which Finnish, English and Swedish pupils' understanding of citizenship education with regard to: (a) political literacy; and (b) attitudes and values was explored. The study was a cross-national, multiple case study and data were collected through 18 focus group dialogues with 15-year-old pupils. Results showed that English pupils were much more well-informed about rights and responsibilities than their Nordic counterparts and also more skilled rhetorically, but appeared less accustomed to open and confident relationships with adults than the Swedish pupils. Finnish pupils did not seem to be encouraged to talk; instead they kept their thoughts and feelings to themselves. One conclusion, among others, was that the study illuminates conditions for the development of a so-called key competence--i.e., "interpersonal, intercultural, social and civic competence". (Contains 4 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Sweden; United Kingdom (England)