London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Forming of the system of socially significant values as the subjective basis of citizenship

Author(s) Chehlova, Z., Chehlov, M. & Korjuhina, J.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
The topicality of the issue is indisputable as positive changes in the society can only be possible if there is active participation of citizens and a high level of civic consciousness among the youth. However, subjective attitude to certain social events and the assessment of their significance can differ to a great extent among secondary school students and can even be totally opposite. This depends on the development of the individual system of values of each student. In the present article, values are regarded as certain developed attitudes to society, people, and oneself. Guiding values play a key role in the system of values of senior secondary school students. In the current crisis situation in Latvia, individual values have been considerably deformed. This also refers to the understanding of citizenship as a value. The purpose of the article is to develop and test empirically a social-pedagogic model ensuring the development of socially-significant values and to consider the development of citizenship in the process of education based on these values. The methodological basis of the research is as follows: the cultural-historical theory treating the development of personality as a process during which an individual acquires cultural values (Vygotsky,1968, Geertz,1973); humanistic theories describing personality as an integrated whole (Maslow,1954, Rogers,1969, Fromm, 1956, Frank,1992). The basis of the study is national minority schools in Latvia Keywords: citizenship, individual system of values, social-pedagogic model

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