|Editor||P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education|
The paper presents an experiment performed with in-service primary school teachers. Assuming the theoretical perspective of reflective thinking (Dewey) and symbolic interactionism (Blumer, Mead), the teachers were able to reflect on the relationship of concepts of citizenship and freedom and had to search for a social representation of their personal concepts. In our society citizenship tends to be a concept, which includes the standardization of citizens, but excludes freedom. The challenge was to: a) create positive thinking b) discuss how to be free and active citizens c) represent thinking and discussion within cultural aspects. Symbols, as concrete forms of our culture, express values and meanings. Teachers in teams analyzed their ideas and found images, which represented the positive link between citizenship and freedom.