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Este toleranța învățată? Evaluarea educației civice în România
Is tolerance taught? Assessing civic education in Romania

Author(s): Alexandru Climescu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fundaţia »Societatea Civilă« (FSC)
Keywords: tolerance; racism; xenophobia; civics; textbooks; Romania

Summary/Abstract: The present study evaluated the resources used for the teaching of civic education in the Romanian secondary educational system in relation to the prevention and fight against racism and xenophobia. The research was focused on two directions: the analysis of official textbooks and documents in the field of civic education and the study of teachers’ representations regarding racism, xenophobia and the role of civic education in combating these manifestations. The main findings suggest that policy documents formally pay attention to values as inter-ethnic tolerance, pluralism and solidarity, but do not provision the means necessary in transmitting these values to pupils. Furthermore, textbooks reflect xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism as marginal issues which usually are not learned about during classes since they are included in the dispensable curricula.

  • Issue Year: XXI/2013
  • Issue No: 176
  • Page Range: 114-124
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Romanian