London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Do Learning Experiences Lead to Constructive Citizenship?

Author(s) Koke, T  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Learning outcomes today are governed by changes in wider society, including technological development, growing social inequality and individualisation. The future is more unpredictable than ever. This paper argues education should focus on personal fulfilment, flexible employability, and constructive citizenship and social inclusion: this was tested with Masters students in Law and Pedagogy in Latvia, who identified when and how in their education they had acquired these skills. Promoting participation requires the conditions for ‘learning to be’, where young people cooperate in their locality: developing a sense of belonging and providing opportunities for participation and dealing with controversial issues and different loyalties. The wider the learning environment that the school offers, the better the learning experience for constructive citizenship.

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