London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Parents' views on the importance of Personal, Social and Citizenship Education

Author(s) Mary, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper reports on parents’ perceptions of personal, social and citizenship education (PSCE) in both the home and the classroom as part of a larger study on citizenship education and children’s self-esteem conducted during the 2007-2008 school year in two primary schools in France. The data collected through semi-structured interviews with the parents/carers of twelve focus children illustrate that while some parents held ambivalent or negative attitudes about the teachers’ role in helping children to become more responsible individuals within a classroom context, most parents held positive attitudes toward PSCE as a means of raising self-esteem and were able to point to direct examples of influential practices.

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