London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Students’ attitudes towards the role of national celebra-tions/anniversaries in Greek primary schools

Author(s) Golia, P., Vamvakidou, I., Spinthourakis, J-A. & Altini, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
School, as a dominant ideological state mechanism, is engaged as a network of practices and special methods in order to serve national goals. Curricula, textbooks, teaching methods, school management, parades and festivities are mechanisms employed by schools in order to attain "national" goals. In the present study, we aim at discussing Greek students' viewpoints about the role of national celebrations. The study is based on questions-statements of a three grade Likert's scale, given by 1314 primary school students during the academic year 2009-10. The corpus of data was ana-lyzed on the basis of Factor Analysis, which enables the understanding of the response patterns of the social subjects-students. The results indicated the predominance of the specific features of the Greek social and political system, the "narcissist" perception of the Greek state, the ethnocentric attitudes and the necessity of organizing national cele-brations. Keywords: students, nationality, citizenship

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