London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Adolescents’ perceptions on citizenship: Analysing empathy and social engagement by positioning dilemmas

Author(s) Pérez Manjarrez, E.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper reports on findings from a study of elementary children's perceptions on citizenship in Spain, based on individual positioning related to a mass media event of possible identity discrimination. The study analyses empathy and the social positioning of children and how through different dilemmas their positions changed or remained stable. These dilemmas were applied to a sample of one hundred and twenty students of different grades and incorporated both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The implications for global citizenship education are considered, as well as theoretical considerations on how positioning reveals complex dynamics of social performance among children. Keywords: Citizenship education; empathy; social engagement; positioning; dilemmas

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