London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The Development of Citizenship for Senior Form Students in the Schools of National Minorities

Author(s) Chehlova, Z.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Social and economic changes draw attention to issues of spiritual and ethical self-determination of an individual in ethno-cultural society. The development of citizenship plays a key part in this. Integration in society is based on the social perception of cultural distance, which enables members of ethno-cultural minorities to form positive local identities (e.g. ‘Latvian Russian’) corresponding to new ethno-cultural and political realities. This article considers citizenship as a pedagogic phenomenon and a cultural model of education for developing citizenship. Traditional educational systems in Latvia do not help young people develop a world outlook based on citizenship. It is necessary to re-orient education on cultural values, possible by changing the content and procedures of the pedagogic process.

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