London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship and educational policies in defeating social inequalities

Author(s) Goriup, J. & Kolnik, K.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
This paper is concerned with the contemporary goals and situation of citizenship in the Slovene school system. It explores policies designed to support certain basic rights for students and to promote increased active participation and greater school autonomy. The paper explores how social inequalities in educational attainment are maintained by practices which ensure that taken-for granted ideas about the social distribution of “participation of and for all” prevail. Finally, the paper argues the need to build a consensus for further action in the new post-modern Slovene society in order to advance active learning about citizenship principles, concepts and values which should characterise the Slovene democratic order. It advocates learning about the origins of post-modern forms of social life, developing tolerance for different cultural, religious and value systems, as well as rational problem solving for personal and social conflicts. Key words: citizenship, educational policy, social inequalities, curriculum.

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