London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

'The English are all in Spain' Educating European Citizens: experiences from England

Author(s) Holden, C.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper reports on a European study where collaborators from Poland, Turkey, Spain and the UK have investigated students’ concerns for the future of their local communities and the global future. It looks at their understanding of current global issues, what they currently do to work for change, what they think leaders have done and what they, as young adults, intend to do. The findings have relevance for all those concerned with educating young people for participation in a democratic Europe. The paper focuses on young people aged 11, 14 and 17 thus enabling us to see how their understanding changes and develops with age. This paper reports on data from 200 students in the south west of England.

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