|Editor||Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross|
The work of the Curriculum Group has been based on objectives set up in Athens and on its findings through research, discussions and practical experimental material brought together in the various meetings during the past three years. The Group will present a set of 12 lessons which aim, via a 'toolbox' model, to enhance the professionalism of students in teacher training. The Group's research on various aspects of citizenship was based on a questionnaire presented to more than 500 students in Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland and the UK and demonstrated both a painful latent racism and an almost total political alienation from community and political action. Conscious that developing course material focusing directly on these issues could add to negative speculation from the very outset, the Group chose a more subtle and broader range of action, flexible and comprehensive, which concerns many issues which require to be covered in pre-school, primary and secondary education by our students in teacher training, and is geared to developing the necessary skills, competencies and knowledge in many fields. Citizenship remains the core business, but it is linked to global issues, using an integration strategy not only towards course material but also, hopefully, towards a transfer in the personal life and views of the students. The Group has chosen as global issues which contain an essential link with citizenship: EU institutions, EU enlargement, world trade, world religions, languages, terrorism, the arms trade, GMO, water, world currencies, historical maps, and socio-geography of the world.