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  • Promoting Active Citizenship



    Cultivating active, informed, critical,  reflexive and engaged citizenship is a condition for a living and viable democracy. 

    Viability means, among others, an inclusive, sustainable society by bringing diverse groups (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) together in developmental, dialogical and participatory ways. 

    Educational institutions of all kinds have a responsibility for ensuring and fostering these ideas and practices - this at a time of many new examples of people learning to live together creatively. as well as coping with new challenges of living together (xenophobia, racism, violence, political alienation and the rise of fundamentalism and are struggling with questions about multiculturalism, etc.). 

    These competencies are vital with students in teachers preperation if they are to create a good enough learning environment for their own pupils, teach active citizenship, and become active citizens themselves.

  • UNIT 10: Promoting Active Citizenship through education

    Promoting active citizenship through Education

    Rationale and Objectives:

    The need for active citizenship is associated with education for citizenship.  There has been a re-emergence of citizenship education as an important part of curriculum for all ages.   This means that the notions underpinning the idea, including the meaning of active citizenship, are once again under scrutiny. This topic will examine different understandings of the relationship between Education and  citizenship and how this relationship may  give rise to different beliefs about what the rights and responsibilities of education as well as of citizenship.

    Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to  

    •  Outline the major aspects of education for active citizenship  
    •  Outline the history and narratives and the  different perspectives of the students and active citizenship.  
    •  Recognize the role of education in presenting the structural differences between human rights and democracy in different cultures
    •  Recognize the role of education in presenting the challenges of diverse groups in organizations

     Methods for teaching:

    World Cafe :  

    Suggested Activities (based on the World Cafe)

    • Have the students break into groups of 3-5.
    • One person in each group is the coach and presents each of these questions seperately writing down the ideas of the group in relating to these questions.
    • Outline the major aspects of  active citizenship 
    • Outline the results of cooperation and  relationship of other groups and  minorities  for civic engagement
    • Examine the history and narratives and the  different perspectives of the students
    • Recognize the structural differences between human rights and democracy in different cultures
    • Recognize the challenges of diverse groups in organizations
    • The groups share their ideas in a class discussion.

    Activity 2:  Watch the Movie Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New World View and discuss why this is relevant for educators

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     Recommended Literature: 

    UNIT 9: Civil disobedience - The Role of Educators in Prevention and Intervention of moral reasoning and civic actionUNIT 11: The Role of Public Sphere