London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship Education at Schools in Multicultural settings: The Construction of Identity among Teenager from Minority Groups

Author(s) Àngel Essomba, M.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
There are several theoretical approaches to identity construction of cultural minority teenagers: this paper adopts a constructivist approach, recognising a complex process involving their rich and sensual framework of values around dimensions of social class, ethnic issues, gender and religious beliefs. Spain does not have a long tradition in dealing with second generation teenagers as most immigrants arrived recently. But there are already many young people born here, who have to cope with this personal challenge. They are often considered as foreigners. An immigration research group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has created an educational programme to help teenagers construct their identity from a balanced personal perspective. This programme starts from social-symbolic premises, with regard to political and cultural dimensions.

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