|Editor||A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World|
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.