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We Are Europe – Planning for Participant-Voice in Sociocultural Education

We Are Europe – Planning for Participant-Voice in Sociocultural Education

Bingle, Branwen Mary (2018) We Are Europe – Planning for Participant-Voice in Sociocultural Education. In: Kington, Alison and Blackmore, Karen, (eds.) Social and Learning Relationships in the Primary School. Bloomsbury. (Submitted)

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This chapter is based on a completed EU Erasmus+ project, We Are Europe (2014-2016). Eight partners from six countries (Austria; Estonia; Finland; Poland; Portugal; UK) were involved, with a team that consisted of teachers, librarians, researchers and teacher training specialists. The aim of the project was to provide focused Citizenship education for pupils in upper KS2 (aged 9-11) and KS3 (11-14) to enable them to examine their own and others’ social and cultural identity. Furthermore, it was designed to promote the idea of inclusiveness and of purposive activism to increase pupils’ awareness of social justice across Europe as enriching for people and the societies they live in.

Using a shared learning and collaborative approach to develop a Community of Practice, a full review of each country’s curricula identified relevant learning opportunities. During the data collection phase, 303 pupils, including 158 children in a UK middle school (deemed Primary), were asked to identify what and how they would like to learn about the people, geography and cultures of Europe through the use of KWL grids; resources were prepared as a result, supported by a set of teacher training modules. In addition to the review and modules, the project outputs included piloted lesson plans, resources and examples of pupils’ work in order to support the work of educational professionals across Europe and globally. The UK project culminated in a children’s conference on the 27th June, 2016, four days after the UK referendum on membership of the EU in which nearly 52% of the population voted to leave. This provided a particularly poignant political context for the project.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship; cultural; social; EU; education; Erasmus+; teaching; learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Education (EDU)
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 15:54

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