London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Researching active citizenship and life long learning in CICE conference publications (1998 – 2008)

Author(s) Vamvakidou, I.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
The study is concerned with the diversity of ideas regarding Citizenship Education research and practice by scholars from different countries. Our research seeks to explore the different approaches taken with respect to Active Citizenship and Life long Learning as they appear in the CiCe conference publications proceedings (1998 to 2008). In order to identify the influential aspects around teaching and learning citizenship, we applied the Quantitative and Qualitative Content Analysis method to a sample of 184 abstracts of studies conducted by academic scholars between 1998 and 2008. The basic unit of analysis was considered the ‘theme in the summaries’ (Lasswell et al, 1952; Lasswell and Leites, 1965). The researched thematic categories give evidence for the content and the context of citizenship identity from an educational perspective. Whether national, European or global, citizenship identity combines several dimensions such as social, political, cultural, moral and/or economic and therefore its effective application to formal and non-formal educational environments appears to be a complex issue to investigate. Apart from the range and frequency of some of the most influential points and ideas concerning active citizenship and Life long Learning, we see the transition of interests and understandings that constitute the contemporary appreciation of citizenship identity and its development through teaching and learning. Key words: Content Analysis, active citizenship, lifelong learning, citizenship education

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