Civic Education

  • Civic Education for Human Rights

    Author: Jerzy J. Wiatr
    Institution: University of Warszawa (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2007
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    Pages: 91-99
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    PDF: ppsy/36/ppsy2007006.pdf

    The success of democracy depends on the formation of the social capital conducive to the maintenance of democratic patterns of behavior. Civic education is the most important instrument of the formation of such social capital and is, therefore, an essential responsibility of the democratic state. The concept of social capital, introduced in the social science theory by such authors as Pierre Bourdieu (1984) and James Coleman (1988), implies that the quality of democracy depends on the relations between citizens, particularly on the acceptance of such values as trust in others and willingness to accept them as equals. Consequently, the way in which human rights are perceived in a society has profound importance for the quality of political life and constitutes the crucial component of democratic political culture.

  • Promotion of National Heroes as Civic Role-Models during Democratisation

    Author: Patryk Wawrzyński
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
    Author: Joanna Marszałek-Kawa
    Institution: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
    Year of publication: 2018
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    Pages: 101-111
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    PDF: tner/201802/tner20180208.pdf

    The paper considers the relationship between remembrance narratives on national heroes and proliferation of political attitudes, values and behaviours during democratisation. It discusses the impact of interpretations of the past on the development of civil society in the context of public education as an instrument of identity politics. Comparing the experiences of Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, South Africa and Spain, the authors present the role of national heroes in the legitimisation of behaviours and attitudes, new elites and national unity. The discussed results prove that the establishment of a pro-democratic system of civic education increases chances for successful consolidation of democracy in post-authoritarian countries.

  • A Model of Living Values Education-based Civic Education Textbooks in Indonesia

    Author: Kokom Komalasari
    Author: Didin Saripudin
    Year of publication: 2017
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    Pages: 139-150
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    PDF: tner/201701/tner20170111.pdf

    This research aims to develop a model of a civic education textbook on the basis of living values education. This study uses the approach of Research and Development at the stage of product development. Results reveal the follow- ing: 1) living values education-based civic education textbooks conceptually incorporate living values and the principles of living values education into the textbook; 2) the textbook chapters include title, introduction, concept roadmap, keywords, presentation of materials, clarification of the values of life, exercises, summary, reflection, authentic assessment, feedback, and follow-up activities; 3) the values of life can be integrated into the textbook through features of civic values, words of wisdom, analysis of life values, reflection, and attitude assessment.

  • Discrimination in the discourse of polish textbooks dedicated to civic education courses

    Author: Magdalena Cuprjak
    Author: Violetta Kopińska
    Year of publication: 2015
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    Pages: 38-47
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    PDF: tner/201502/tner20150203.pdf

    The study presents a critical analysis of visual materials contained in civic education textbooks with the purpose to identify traits of discrimination of individuals with a “skin colour” other than “white”. The undertaken quantitative and qualitative analyses allowed for drawing a conclusion that the depiction of persons in the researched visual material did in fact bear certain traits of discrimination. Moreover, it was concluded that what may be observed is compound discrimination. The studies presented in the article were conducted within a larger-scale project entitled Gender in textbooks.

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