English title: Civic Education and Democratic Socialisation: From Passive Subject to Active Citizen in Post-Communist States and Beyond

Author(s): Jennifer Bruen -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

Several studies suggest that some post-communist states or regions such as, for example, the former German Democratic Republic engage in a narrower form of civic education in schools which focuses on the transmission of facts. They also indicate that such civic education produces citizens more likely to accept the status quo than to criticially analyse and attempt to transform it. This paper posits, however, that this is also the case in the Republic of Ireland, a state with an apparently very different historical background. Attitudinal data from the European/World Values Survey and the European Social Survey is used to investigate this possibility by comparing eastern Germany and the Republic of Ireland on key items relating to attitudes towards politics and society. The results provide tentative support for this notion indicating that attitudes in both eastern Germany and the Republic of Ireland tend towards the compliance end of the compliancetransformation spectrum underlining the importance of broader forms of civic education for democratic socialisation both in post-communist states and more generally.

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

From page no: 43

To page no: 50

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.4119/UNIBI/JSSE-V12-I4-102

Journal: Journal of Social Science Education