|Editor||Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.|
The literature on the educational use of internet services is mostly in its infancy and is insufficient for many topics, including civic education. This paper reviews a variety of approaches to the use of the internet in civic education, and divides them into three categories: information delivery, information retrieval, and information sharing within multi- user virtual environments and communities. These approaches are analysed in the light of an increasing emphasis on building the learning community, with a shift from 'information' to 'ways of knowing'. Some useful civics web sites containing both methodological and learning resources in English are presented. It is hoped that both the categories and the actual sources will prove useful in analysing what didactical usage of web can offer in the field of civic education. The internet presents a vast array of resources in this area, and only a limited range of some important sites can be introduced here.