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Pupils’ identities in some European contexts: An exploratory study in a UK and Belgian school

Author(s) Pinto, M.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper illuminates how students construct national and European identities, examining the potential role of schooling in this, by comparing pupils in national and European schools in three countries. European Schools are institutions set up for the children of EU officials. They provide a multicultural and multilingual education and teachers are recruited from the national educational systems of each member state. The paper explores ‘European identity’ in relation to educational policies and how students (aged 15-18) understand and feel about it; examines the role of schooling in constructing ‘Europeanness’; and contributes to knowledge of the processes of the formation and sustenance of a European identity among young people, taking a social constructionist approach with particular emphasis on the intersection of ‘gender’, ‘class’ and national identities.

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