The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy brings together new work by some of the leading authorities on citizenship education, and is divided into five sections. The first section deals with key ideas about citizenship education including democracy, rights, globalization and equity. Section two contains a wide range of national case studies of citizenship education including African, Asian, Australian, European and North and South American examples. The third section focuses on perspectives about citizenship education with discussions about key areas such as sustainable development, anti-racism, and gender. Section four provides insights into different characterizations of citizenship education with illustrations of democratic schools, peace and conflict education, global education, human rights education etc. The final section provides a series of chapters on the pedagogy of citizenship education with discussions about curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.
Chapter 12: Education for Citizenship and Democracy: The Case of the Czech Republic
Education for Citizenship and Democracy: The Case of the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic, a country of 10 million inhabitants, makes an intriguing case for the study of democratic citizenship. Positioned in the center of Europe, the Czechs repeatedly found themselves involved at the very beginning of significant world conflicts. Still, their most cherished heroes personify valors of humanism and education and they have, even under adverse circumstances, strived for nonviolence and democracy (recent achievements include a democratic Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the Velvet Divorce from the Slovaks in 1992).
The lives of most Czech citizens were rather turbulent. Their socialization reflected dramatic times. The oldest generation had to adapt and almost permanently resocialize to ...