London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Children's identities and experiences of democracy

Author(s) Yveline Fumat  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Which types of education and learning process favour the development of 'democratic personalities' in institutions during the early years? Although this is early for citizenship education, are there already experiences preparing young children for citizenship in a democratic society? Speaking about 'civility' or about 'living together' is already speaking about citizenship education, of its premises and foundations. Then, children's identities, their relationships to others, their participation in a group are at stake. In a democratic society, children's socialisation involves supporting their individualisation, autonomy and participation. Democratic societies aim for the development of individual creativity and critical thinking.

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