London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Lithuanian social science textbooks: do they encourage development of the national and civic values?

Author(s) Zaleskiene, I. & Jasinauskas, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
The paper presents findings from the study on analyses of Social Science textbooks used in Lithuanian secondary schools. The aim of the study was to analyse and summarize concepts, purposes, functions and requirements in textbooks used from 1990 to 2012, with specific focus on the identification of civic and national values’ manifest within them. The research methodology involved: a) analyses of national education policy documents such as curriculum, school based programs, guidelines for teachers, etc.); b) content analyses of textbooks (76 textbooks of history, geography, ethics, citizenship education, economics were analysed). Content analyses showed that important national values expressed in the textbooks included independence and autonomy, patriotism and national devotion, and these are seen as foundation stones for developments of Lithuanian nationhood. Keywords: textbooks, national values, civic values

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