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Identity and European citizenship - the European Convention and student teachers

Author(s) Villanueva & Gonzalo  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Everyday life and the news disseminated by mass media frequently offer interesting materials for reflection and discussion as they convey civic and educational aspects. Their use in education is not as common as it should be, since teachers in training institutions often prefer to introduce discussions on theoretical or well established cases in academic literature. However, the real events that happen around us present an added value, that is the possibility of reflection on the personal involvement of students, both as citizens and as future professionals in education. The European construction is going through a crucial moment with the enlargement process and the institutional and legal reforms that are under way. The latest European Summit (December 2003) was expected to approve the principals of the European Convention as the main statutory document for the European Union; but the document presented by the Commission which had been preparing the document since February 2003 was not approved as some countries, Spain and Poland among them, would not agree with some of he proposals. The event was particularly relevant in our country and so it was thought that it could be a useful mean to introduce a learning activity aimed to analyse those aspects in the document related to identity and European citizenship. The experience was developed in a course on European studies addressed to Primary School student teachers. Recent changes and events in European politics, seem to predict that the Convention will finally be approved in the next spring summit under the Irish presidency.

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