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 5: Motivating People to be Active Citizens
Rationale and Objectives: One of the keys to maintaining a proper civic education is a vision of a better society and a belief in social engagement. This is not possible without knowing what motivates people and what discourages to be active in the public sphere. Therefore, one of the objectives of the course is to equip future teachers in the belief that active and engaged society is possible and the second goal is to teach them to recognize motivators and social restraint so to be able to appropriate them to use.
1. 1. Factors that motivate people to be active (eg. sense of agency, a sense that their action and opinion are important, sense of influence, identity)-mandatory
2. 2. Factors that restrain people form active (eg. sense of not being a part of society)- mandatory
3. 3. Pedagogy tools which will be helpful in motivation eg. Critical thinking
· Learning outcomes:
· Understanding the connection between motivation and refraining from active citizenship in context of people activism
Activity 1 : Case study:
Students should find an example of a situation when people don’t participate in society activism eg. low election frequency or environmental protection .
Assessment : discussion about reasons of the situation and possibilities of making it better.
Making a list of reasons avoiding social engagement and a list of possible conditions to improve social engagement.
Activity 2 : role playing method
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2. Ravitch D., Vietritty J., 2003, Making Good Citizens: Education and Civil Society, Yale University
3. Tilly Ch. (2004), Social movements 1768-2004, Paradigm Publishers.