London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Project-based learning to promote citizenship education in Greek primary classrooms

Author(s) Kaldi, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper presents a small-scale research project on a project-based learning approach to citizenship education. Project-based learning and citizenship education share a common principle, that of active pupil participation in real life situations. Utilising a case study research design, the paper illustrates the levels of pupil participation experienced by a Year 6 class in a Greek primary school, where children took decisions related to their active involvement and interaction within the class, the school and the local community. Observations and interviews show that children's participation in this particular class strengthened social responsibility in the class and school as well as in the community. The class culture was transformed into a democratic and supportive environment, later extended to the whole school.

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