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The alpha and omega of living together: humanism and the modernisation of higher education

Author(s) Chistolini, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2014  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education  
Age group -  
This paper discusses the historic reasons and good practices of teaching and learning citizenship in response to the challenges faced by today’s society in the meeting of cultures and sharing of knowledge. Concepts of peace, interculturality, and active citizenship are examined and possibilities for the modernisation of teaching in higher education are presented. The article considers the validity of Humanism (alpha point) as a pedagogical theory from which innovation (omega point) originates. The core of the educational mission remains that of learning to live together; hence, good practices are proposed for improving the quality of higher education. Central to this is effective transition from theory to practice, conducted through a symbolic interactionism approach. The paper also refers to results from qualitative research carried out in Italian primary schools on the impact of the preparation of teachers for teaching in multi-faith classes, particularly in contexts of social emergency, such as in Lampedusa.

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