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Higher Education, Participation and Active learning in Greece

Author(s) Karakatsani, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
In this proposal we analyse the model of active citizenship (attitudes-values-knowledge) promoted by the Higher Education in the Greek context. We underline that nowadays active citizenship is very highly estimated in the Greek context because of the severe social problems related to the economic crisis and the growth of the extreme right forces. Active citizenship appears as an effective way of dealing with everyday problems and leaves a lot of optimism for the reestablishment of a humanitarian way of living based on mutual understanding and democratic values. Using as an example a Higher Education Institution (the University of the Peloponnese) from the Greek case, we investigate the role of Higher Education, the influence of practices advanced for community participation, civic commitment, political literacy and participation. We analyse the impact of these initiatives and practices on students ‘perceptions of active citizenship, which we explore with 20 semi-directed interviews. Keywords: active citizenship, Higher Education, students, civic engagement.

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