London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The commitment of young people to political and civic life: An analysis of Spanish citizenship education textbooks

Author(s) Messina, C. & Kohen, R.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper explores the different ways in which Spanish citizenship education textbooks are used to promote and educate participating and committed citizens. Ten textbooks for a new compulsory subject - “Education for Citizenship and Human Rights” - were analysed, with the aim of identifying what kinds of citizens were being promoted, what sort of specific knowledge related to political issues were being provided to students, and what kind of society young people were being encouraged to build. Results revealed that, in general, the textbooks promote “good citizens” based on the fulfilment of obligations and give few opportunities to reflect critically on present society or on ways to change it. Keywords: citizenship education, political education, textbooks, democratic education

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