|Author(s)||Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz, Cathie Holden, Panayota Papoulia-Tzelepi, Maria Luisa de Freitas, Hugo Verkest, Marjanca Kuscer, Akos Gocsal, Riita Korhone|
|Editor||A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe|
A sense of national identity is one of the central elements of social identity. Our ability to differentiate between ourselves and others, our cultural roots and a feeling of distinctness satisfy the natural need for security, affiliation and membership. We develop ties with our nation very early, and they are of great significance in establishing ourselves within our community. In the present international social, economic and political situation, with the world heading towards globalisation and inter-state unions being formed, a key question is the correlation between national and supranational/European identity, and the development of ties within that community also. Our project aims to study this development and has identified three key areas dealing with social development and identity for analysis: children's understanding and perceptions of national identity, children's perceptions of tolerance and difference, children's understanding and perceptions of European identity.