London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The development of citizenship attitudes and values

Author(s) Mary Koutselini  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2005  
Editor A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Citizenship education is difficult and the development of citizenship attitudes and values is even more difficult. Information-based courses on citizenship reduce the ability of student teachers to gain awareness of what really happens in their schools, because they give them the illusion that they have acquired the knowledge, and in doing so accomplished their duty without having the perspective of having worked with students. It is well known that teachers theoretically accept everything they find in books and in European Union documents, but that their attitudes and actions remain stable and attached to their previous traditional learning and social settings. The aim of this paper is twofold: to present the aims, the process and the products of a postgraduate module on citizenship, which included workshops on the development of attitudes and values towards self and others, and to discuss and propose good practices on citizenship education.

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