|Author(s)||Solé, M. G.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship|
This paper presents analyse of lifelong learning in the context of schooling in Portugal, reflecting on the relevance of learning History in promoting historical skills, in students’ own identity, and civic education as preparation for citizenship. Research was carried out in two classes of an urban school in Braga, one of which was 1st – 2nd grade and the other 3rd – 4th grade, over two academic years (2004-2005 and 2005 -2006). This study is an integral part of more in-depth research conducted for the doctoral dissertation entitled, O ensino da História no 1.º Ciclo: a concepção do tempo histórico nas crianças e os contextos para o seu desenvolvimento, (The teaching of history in the 1st Cycle: the conception of historical time in children and contexts for its development). The students involved in the project recognised that History is important for a historical understanding of who we are. History also proves to be important in establishing a more responsible and participative citizenship, since only by knowing about the past can we understand the present and plan a better future.