London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Teaching active citizenship in pre-school education: Teachers’ values, views and attitudes towards the development of pupils’ democratic capabilities-behaviours

Author(s) Balias, E., Dimiza, S., Diamantopoulou, A. & Kiprianos, P.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This paper examines views towards citizenship of Greek pre-school education teachers, as well as teaching approaches that Greek schools use in order to promote citizenship education. The first part of the paper includes a review of trends with respect to the connection of active citizenship to school, with particular focus on pupil’s acquisition of skills necessary to the development of active citizens (Gutmann 1999). The second part of the paper deals with our research findings which indicate that many of the pre-school education teachers feel under-prepared to handle citizenship education in their class. Keywords: active citizenship, pre-school education, democratic capabilities, attitudes

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