Citizenship education

Citizenship education is currently a priority at the European level and it is also under the spotlight in a number of countries. The Eurydice 2017 citizenship education report aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the present policies, structures and measures in place in European countries. The report does not seek to monitor the implementation of citizenship education in schools or to assess its effectiveness.

Eurydice report on citizenship education at school in Europe is the third Eurydice report on this subject area reflecting, firstly, the continued interest of the EU and national authorities and, secondly, the need to make available to all stakeholders the latest evidence regarding the current structure, content and means of delivering of citizenship education.

The objective of the report is to provide a current and comprehensive picture of national policies in the area of citizenship education in schools across Europe. The report has four chapters, each addressing different aspects of citizenship education: 1. Curriculum organisation and content; 2. Teaching, learning and active participation; 3. Student assessment and school evaluation; and 4. Teacher education, professional development and support. Four case studies on recent policy initiatives in the area of citizenship education in Belgium (Flemish Community), Estonia, France and Austria accompany the chapters.

The report is based on qualitative data provided by the Eurydice Network on the relevant official regulations and recommendations and is complemented by both findings from the academic literature and interviews with key national actors.

Here you can read the PDF report: Eurydice_Brief_CitizenshipNCert