|Author(s)||Acun, I. et al|
|Editor||P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education|
This study aims to find out Turkish and British student teachers’ perceptions of Turkey’s place in the European Union and of what it means to be ‘European’. Perceptions and beliefs are strong determinants of people’s action, and teachers’ actions shape the hearts and minds of pupils in schools, and so this study also explores the role of citizenship education in shaping European citizenship. Data was collected through a semi-structured questionnaire with the sample selected from among student teachers of the University of Usak, Turkey and the University of Leicester, England. A key finding suggests that neither the Turkish nor the British student teachers consider Turkey to be an integral part of Europe. However, whilst both groups think citizenship education is key to creating ‘good citizens’, the Turkish student teachers place a strong emphasis on national identity and Turkish citizenship whilst the British focus more on democracy, social justice, global citizenship and human rights.