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Europe and the World: issues for citizenship education

Author(s) Ross, A.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Europe has defined itself by its relationship to the world and the Other, particularly through its development as a globalising power based on distinctions of racial/ethnic superiority. The variable definitions of the boundaries of Europe show it to be an intellectual, rather than a geographical concept. European economic growth post-1945 was partially based on labour migration from other parts of the world, and our populations have become considerably diversified. This has implications for education policy today, and particularly citizenship education. The paper argues new forms of European identities are being formed, that recognise and accept wide cultural diversity within a framework of European rights. Education has a particular and distinctive role in supporting children and young people in this process.

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