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Their Hopes, Fears and Reality

Working with Children and Youth for the Future

Edited By Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby

Based on a research project supported by the European Foundation, this book explores how primary and secondary students in four different European countries view theirs and the world’s future. The results indicate that there is a gap between students’ perspectives about the future and a clear pedagogical base for helping students confront many issues that are significant to them. The importance of ensuring students become critically aware citizens and helping them develop the ability and skills necessary for facing the challenges of the future are patent. This book spells out specific ways in which the issues which emerged from the study can be approached from diverse fields (geography, language learning and arts and crafts). It also discusses some cross-disciplinary educational issues relevant to all teachers – general education and cross-disciplinary, as well as offering two proposals on how teachers can count on sufficient psychological support to face the challenges of teaching in an increasingly complex environment and promote cooperative behaviour in the classroom.

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Their Hopes, Fears and Reality: Introduction Melinda Dooly ................................................................................................ 9 Third World Solidarity and ‘My World’ Insolidarity: Working with the Wide Spectrum of Students’ Attitudes towards Others Claudia Vallejo & Montserrat Oller ............................................................ 37 Developing Art Projects as a Medium for Exploring Children and Youth’s Hopes and Fears Esther Collados ............................................................................................. 75 Their Hopes and Fears: A Catalyst for Project-Based Language Learning Melinda Dooly .............................................................................................. 99 Citizenship, Cooperation and Social Action Alistair Ross............................................................................................... 133 Between Classroom and Social Reality – Developing Active Citizenship in School Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz & Anna Zalewska ........................................ 163 Bridging the Gap: Primary and Secondary Students’ Engagement with Global and Environmental Issues Cathie Holden ............................................................................................. 189 Dealing with Citizens of the Future’s Needs through the Promotion of Self-Efficacy in Teaching Elena Briones & Carmen Tabernero .......................................................... 209 Table of Contents 8 Fostering Cooperation to Manage Situations of Interdependence Successfully Carmen Tabernero & Elena Briones .......................................................... 231 Contributors ............................................................................................ 253

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