|Author(s)||Korhonen, R., & Graeffe, L.|
|Editor||Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society|
This research focuses on values and attitudes promoting active citizenship education in early childhood education. Encouraging students to reflect on issues which promote active citizenship enables them to develop their capacity for ethical and moral reasoning and become critical thinkers. Citizenship education is a highly contested and complex issue. The transmission of such values presupposes safe settings, co-operation and space for democratic decision-making and negotiation procedures. Kindergarten teachers have to act in a rational way as citizens and are a model for young children. Parents are the most important models, and families and teachers cooperate in the best interests of the child.