The University of Latvia, Riga, was host to CiCe’s Eighth Annual CiCe Network Conference and provided opportunity for a diverse range of papers with themes such as:
- International comparison
- Global Issues in citizenship education
- Minorities, migration and refugees
- Learning democracy
- Education for active citizenship
- Teacher education and multiculturalism
- Teachers, identity and citizenship
Three keynote addresses were given, including what was becoming a CiCe tradition, a presentation by Alistair Ross, London Metropolitan University, UK. Ross argued that the concept of Europe is intellectual rather than geographical; that new forms of European identity are being formed that recognise and accept wide cultural diversity within a framework of European rights; and that, education has a particular and distinctive role in supporting children and young people in this process.
Tatjana Koke reflected on rapid and unprecedented change in wider society and argued that citizenship education should focus on ‘learning to be’, where young people cooperate in their locality and develop a sense of belonging with opportunity to reflect on controversial issues and conflicting loyalties.
Soren Hegstrup focussed on the complexity of citizenship in a global society arguing that education theory in relation to world citizenship must deal with this complexity and consider, for example, implications of financial globalisation, democratic control, cultural/national awareness, global responsibility and sustainable development.
Working Groups also reported to conference on the following strands of work:
Broadening and deepening work in Citizenship education and identities in Higher Education courses
Developing citizenship competencies across all disciplines in Higher Education
Strengthening Tuning and Bologna processes and linkages
Supporting research that strengthens teaching and research students
Linking Higher Education to other groups in society to strengthen
Supporting teaching world and global issues in citizenship education and identities