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ERIC Number: EJ937444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Schooling the New Generation of German Citizens: A Comparison of Citizenship Curricula in Berlin and Baden-Wurttemberg
Faas, Daniel; Street, Alex
Educational Studies, v37 n4 p469-479 2011
In Germany, unlike other European countries, citizenship education has a long history. Since the Second World War, its role has evolved from promoting de-Nazification in the West and state socialism in the East to emphasising common citizenship in a multicultural society. Today, the federal states ("Bundeslander") are largely autonomous in matters of education. Drawing on citizenship curricula from two states with historically opposite political constellations--Berlin and Baden-Wurttemberg--we argue that they share an emphasis on the fragility of democracy and the challenges arising from migration. While Baden-Wurttemberg favours the concept of tolerance, Berlin privileges the idea of interculturalism. There are important within-state differences: the Baden-Wurttemberg curriculum for the vocational-track "Hauptschule" being more similar to the curricula in Berlin, perhaps as a result of the larger concentration of migrants. This raises questions for educators and policy-makers around the need for a single coherent model of citizenship education and the importance of citizenship in multicultural Germany for "all". (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany