The citizenship education textbook for the 3rd grade of lower secondary school: towards active citizenship education

Issue 20-21

“The citizenship education textbook for the 3rd grade of lower secondary school: towards active citizenship education”

Stella Sotiriou

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Abstract

During the last decades, Citizenship Education in developed societies is formed as a field with increasing interest, making it the subject of one of the four educational priorities of the European Union. A key component of this education is the development of the students’ ability to familiarize themselves with political knowledge, obtaining the confidence required by their future role as active citizens of a multi-level rapidly transforming social reality. In terms of a more experiential-emancipatory education of students, as this seems to be selected by the European Commission’s text, this article is a content analysis of the teaching package for the subject of Social and Political Education taught in the 3rd Class of Gymnasium in the fields of a) the school knowledge selected as content and b) the educational and teaching framework, where they are redefining content choices. The research demonstrates the effort to introduce new practices that encourage critical analysis of the concepts and familiarization with social and political life. It also demonstrates the important role of the teacher as a key modulator of the school climate and teaching practice, given that they are key factors towards the reflective processing of the students’ already formed perceptions of their social involvement .