narratives

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

    Author: Patryk Wawrzyński
    E-mail: p.wawrzynski@umk.pl
    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
    DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/tner.2018.52.2.08
    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.

  • Family involvement in schooling. A North Portugal Portrait by elementary students

    Author: Thiago Freires
    Author: Fátima Pereira
    Author: Carolina Santos
    Year of publication: 2016
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    Pages: 52-61
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/tner.2016.44.2.04
    PDF: tner/201602/tner20160204.pdf

    Family involvement in education is highlighted as a  key factor to boost students’ success. In this paper, we analyze ninth-graders’ discourses on how they see family participation in school-related activities. data derive from 38 biographical interviews involving students from eight public schools from North Portugal. Following a  narrative approach, findings emphasize that active involvement of parents make up a  fundamental dimension for the consolidation of educational projects. data reveal that mothers play a leader role in the educational setting, while fathers’ lack of participation can impact negatively on students’ trajectories. In addition, research indicates that an extended family can emerge as crucial to the maintenance of a schooling project.

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