London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Civic protest before and after Iceland's economic crisis: adolescents speak about participation

Author(s) Adalbjarnardottir, S. & Markusdottir, M. A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2009  
Editor P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education  
Age group -  
In promoting children’s and youths’ citizenship awareness it is important to understand how they make meaning of human rights and citizenship education. Though important surveys have been conducted on the civic attitudes e.g., trust in governmental-related institutions) and civic engagement (Torney-Purta, 2002) of young people, few have used in-depth interviews to ask them how they make meaning of the influence they themselves have and can have in their community as responsible citizens, and how they view the citizenship education they are receiving. In the proposed presentation we will report on a case study that focuses on adolescents’ ideas of participatory rights civic understanding), the influences they think they have and would like to have in their community (civic personal meaning), and their activities (civic participation), as well as how they feel school education supports their civic understanding and participation.

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