London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

European identity and citizenship: working on the fundamentals of the European Convention with primary school student teachers

Author(s) Maria Villanueva and Carmen Gonzalo  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Everyday life and the news disseminated by the mass media frequently offer interesting material on civic and educational aspects for reflection and discussion. The use of such material 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, real events that happen around us offer an added value; the possibility of reflection on the personal involvement of students, both as citizens and as future professionals in education. The construction of Europe is going through a crucial phase with the enlargement process and the institutional and legal reforms that are under way. The most recent European Summit (December 2003) was expected to approve the principles 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 its proposals. (More recent changes and events in European politics seem to predict that the Convention will finally be approved in next spring's Summit under the Irish presidency.)

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