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Active Citizenship Education

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the education for active citizenship and its dimensions. We take into account its goals and the methods used for its promotion. Then, we analyse how it can be used to improve social and communication competencies and the impact of informal learning at school. The importance of a whole-school strategy and volunteering are also addressed. Lastly, we look at the case study of education in Europe in the context of the European citizenship.

Course Content

1. Introduction to education for active citizenship

2. Goals in education for active citizenship

  a) Cognitive dimension

  b) Pragmatic dimension

  c) Affective dimension

3. Methods in education for active citizenship

  a) Context-embedded approach

  b) Explicit teaching approach

4. Social and communication competencies

5. Informal learning at school

6. The need for a whole-school strategy

7. Volunteering and a citizenship culture

8. Case study: The concept of European citizenship


Alistair Ross - Multiple Identities and Education for Active Citizenship (2007)

Carol Packham - Active Citizenship and Community Learning (Empowering Youth and Community) - Learning Matters (2008)

Jaap Scheerens (auth.), Jaap Scheerens (eds.) - Informal Learning of Active Citizenship at School: An International Comparative Study in Seven European Countries

John Potter - Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good Practice Guide to Developing a Whole School Policy (2002)

Araújo, Helena C. (2007) ”Política da Diferença e Cidadania na Nossa formação”, in Educação, Temas e Problemas, 3, pp. 159-168.