London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Lifelong learning and Active Citizenship

Author(s) Gonçalves, S. & Verkest, H.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
Focusing on the relation between Education in general and Citizenship Education in particular some key questions come to the surface: Which kinds of new trends in learning are compatible for citizenship education? Which knowledge, skills and attitudes must be protected? How can teachers and students obtain the label ' good work'? How can we avoid a dualistic approach and promote a more holistic way to link reason and emotion, personal and social development? Our answers will be strongly inspired by the innovated approach of Howard Gardner: the five minds for the future. This model will be explained and compared with other taxonomies. Arguments will be given reinforcing the idea that all the five minds are needed. They give us a good profile of what a good citizen might look like in complex, interconnected, multi- and trans-cultural societies. Once the conceptual background is established, we’ll present an enquiry conducted with a group of international students who have been asked what are their ideas regarding work, character, interpersonal relations, values and mindsets. This will help us to recommend a number of pedagogical ideas to encourage students' active citizenship.

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