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Does knowing the ethnic context make instruction in citizenship more effective - or just exacerbate prejudices?

Author(s) Kovalčíková, I., Kresila, J.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Previous attempts to integrate Roma people into Slovakian society have been less than fully successful. There are marked differences in culture and customs, and historically based ethnographic narratives presented Romanies as exotic or showing uninhibited ‘natural’ behaviour. Romas in practice have sophisticated industrialised urban lifestyles. This paper suggests educational strategies for remediation and enrichment in the education of these children. Our broader research questions is to establish the knowledge Romany societies consider important to embody in the Slovak system of instruction, and how these perceptions facilitate or hinder the preparation of good citizens. We thus elicit reliable information on Romany cultural specifics; use these ethnopedagogical findings in teacher training, and introduce this as a research paradigm in the Slovak context.

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