London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The perceived and the experienced curriculum in secondary schools in light of citizenship education: Similarities and differences between four European countries

Author(s) Koutselini, M. & Agathangelou, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
The focus of this research is on a comparison between the perceived curriculum (what teachers perceive and implement) and the experienced curriculum (what students experience) in light of citizenship education. The sample of this comparative research consists of secondary school teachers and students. Specifically, 545 Cypriot teachers, 219 Italian, 131 Portuguese and 91 Romanian participated in this study. Also, the student sample consists of 1282 Cypriot students, 3572 Italian, 315 Portuguese and 368 Romanian. Statistical analyses of the results aim to show similarities and differences between teachers understanding of their teaching and students experiences in light of important aspects of citizenship education such as empathy and collaboration, inclusion and participation. Keywords: Citizenship education; experienced curriculum; comparative research; empathy

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