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Images and identity: Children constructing a sense of belonging to Europe

Healy, M; Richardson, M; (2017) Images and identity: Children constructing a sense of belonging to Europe. European Educational Research Journal , 16 (4) pp. 440-454. 10.1177/1474904116674015. Green open access

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Abstract

The European Framework for Key Competences (2006) promotes a shared European identity as a priority for assuring a cohesive future for the European Union (EU), yet the development of a discrete European identity remains acutely contentious, with critics claiming it is too shallow to support the bonds of solidarity needed to engender and support a shared ‘future together’. Most EU member states now have some sort of citizenship curriculum within their state education systems and most are aware that such programmes are difficult to introduce, to teach and to assess within conventional school curricula. However, much of the citizenship education literature tells us that educators are conscious of the problematic nature of exploring citizenship identities. Drawing on both philosophical perspectives and an empirical investigation undertaken by one of the authors, this paper argues that issues of belonging may prove a useful way to explore wider conceptions of citizenship. The research was designed to examine how visual art and citizenship education could be combined to explore and extend children’s notions of European identity, using data from Images & Identity, an EU-funded 2-year curriculum development project on citizenship and art education in the Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Germany, Malta and Portugal.

Type: Article
Title: Images and identity: Children constructing a sense of belonging to Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1474904116674015
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1474904116674015
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016.
Keywords: European Identity, belonging, citizenship, art education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532732
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