The historical evolution of Citizenship Education in the Greek educational system during the 20th century

Issue 20-21

“The historical evolution of Citizenship Education in the Greek educational system during the 20th century.”

Despina Karakatsani

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Abstract

This article sheds light on the initiatives and measures taken for the introduction of Citizenship Education in the Greek educational system during the 20th century as well as the historical evolution of different paradigms of political education. In the first part we present the efforts made for the introduction of contents related to the education of citizen till the beginning of the 20th century. The basic axes of ‘Education of the Citizen’, which is the dominant paradigm of political education during the after-war period, are also analyzed in strong connection with the specific sociopolitical context. In the second part we detect the main components of civic education during ’70s and ’80s. The changes in civic and political education inside the Greek educational context during 1990 and 2000 are elaborated in the third part of the article. In the last part problems in teaching social and political education in the Greek case are detected and suggestions are made concerning the contents of this course and the teaching methods.