London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Teacher training for active citizenship

Author(s) Papadiamantaki, Y. & Karakatsani, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
The paper focuses on the role that university departments involved in teacher training, play in fostering or impeding active citizenship. The first part of the paper combines a theoretical framework based on the neo-institutional organisation theory with insights from the CRELL research on education for active citizenship so as to shed light on how organisational and structural aspects of a study programme may foster specific types of knowledge, attitudes, values and skills that appear related to the development of active citizenship. The second part of the paper compares and contrasts two teacher-training programmes one Greek and one British. We discuss specific practices and modes of organisation that appear to promote or hinder civic engagement and the development of civic competence. As organisational practices promoting active citizenship we consider the development of problem-solving capabilities, reflexive and critical thinking, development of agency/autonomy, development of professional ethos as well as involvement of students in internships or in-service and active learning. Keywords: Organisation of Higher Education, Teacher Training, Active Citizenship, Civic Competence

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