Teachers; Views on Citizenship in Secondary Education in the Netherlands

H. Leenders, W. M. M. H. Veugelers, de E. Kat

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    In 2005 the Dutch Minister of Education proposed making it compulsory for all schools in The Netherlands to stimulate active citizenship and social integration. Teachers must give these educational goals a tangible form in their practice. What are the teachers’ views on citizenship education? Concepts of citizenship education and the teacher’s role in it may differ widely, and very different perspectives on values and value development are possible. This article addresses how teachers view citizenship education. We present the results of a survey conducted among a representative sample of Dutch secondary schools. The results show that teachers make clear choices in the importance they attach to certain values. Teachers want students to acquire skills to analyze, communicate and reflect on values, and they want to stimulate the development of certain values. The chosen values relate to different types of citizenship. School level, school subject and the age of the teachers make a difference to the importance teachers attach to different values.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)155-170
    Number of pages16
    JournalCambridge Journal of Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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