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What room for European citizenship? Exploring constructions of 'Europe' in geography curricula across the divide in Cyprus

Author(s) Philippou, S., Karahasan, H. & Latif, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
‘Exploring Europe and Ourselves: Geographies and Identities at Work’ is a bi-communal project in Cyprus (funded by the UN Development Programme-Action for Cooperation and Trust) which compares geography education across the divide. This paper draws on the first phase, presenting a comparative analysis of how ‘Europe’ is represented in Geography and Social Studies primary and secondary curricula (textbooks, pupils’ books, teachers’ books) used in Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot schools. This is located within the literature on Europe and the nation in relation to Geography education and textbooks. The paper analyses textbooks and syllabi, and concludes with a discussion of the findings and their implications for Cypriot and European citizenship in a divided Cyprus.

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