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Pedagogical conditions for the development of citizenship for senior secondary school students in Latvia

Author(s) Chehlova, Z., Kevisha, I. & Chehlov, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
Keywords/Abstract
The existing model of education in Latvia does not facilitate the development of active citizenship. It is based on a knowledge-centred approach with examination marks being the main criterion of learner’s success. However, research suggests that the development of citizenship is possible on the basis of a humanitarian model of education, with value-oriented relationships at the core and a key criterion for learners’ success being self-realization in various forms of activity. The purpose of the paper is to determine the objective and subjective conditions for the development of citizenship for senior secondary school students, to work out the structure of citizenship and to examine the effect of life values on the development of citizenship for senior secondary school students. Research was carried out in 2 educational institutions: a lyceum and a polytechnic. 120 participants aged 17-18 were involved over a period of two years. The development of citizenship is regarded as the aggregate of the following qualities: civic responsibility, tolerance and European identity. Keywords: the humanitarian model of education, citizenship, attitudes
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