London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship in a changing world: Studies of two different geographical areas

Author(s) Welwert, g. & Inge-Marie Svensson, I-M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This study is about two different work-shops concerning social and economic aspects connected to children´s living conditions. We have met students in the Teacher School of Education in a course named To become a teacher. The purpose of the course is that the students are supposed to investigate two different reception areas to describe and compare different living conditions with a focus on class, genus and ethnicity. A second purpose is to encourage the students to use and motivate their choice of visual material to be able to communicate different types of messages during the examination. Context: The group consisted of students in science and mathematics with different ethnic settings. The learning setting was based on mixed working- groups. The aim is to prepare the students to meet children and youth in a heterogeneous school. Theory: In the first work-shop the students were supposed to use their gaze on a delimited area near the Teacher School of Education to develop their ability to observe and register signs connected to their task. It was important for the students to use the visual in a social and cultural context. In the second workshop the students had to choose two areas with various socio/economic conditions. Through visiting and observing these areas the students collected empiri to reflect on children´s living conditions. During the account the students listened to each other´s experiences from the different fieldworks. From a socio-cultural perspective the importance of social factors and the language connected to learning is stressed. Analysis: Some of the results (economy) were pointed out through statistics. Many groups stressed the importance of the impact of the media. The inhabitants did not recognize their housing environments. Keywords: Living conditions, Socio-cultural learning, Visual signs, Impact of the media

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