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Their Hopes, Fears and Reality

Working with Children and Youth for the Future

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 This book is based on the results of a research project supported by the European Research Foundation and conducted in four different European countries: Poland1, UK2, Turkey3 and Spain4. The research forms part of The European Collaborative Research Projects (ECRPs) in the Social Sciences and is entitled “Citizens of the future: the concerns and actions of young people around current European and global issues”5. The main thrust of the study was to explore 1 Research members in Poland are Dr. Beata Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz (principal researcher and project leader), Wojciech Siegie at University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn; Anna Zalewska (principal researcher) and Agnieszka Boja- nowska at Warsaw School of Social Psychology. Funded by the Polish Minis- try of Science and Higher Education (Grant ESF/84/2006). 2 Research members in the UK are Dr. Alistair Ross (principal researcher), Dr Kim Allen, Sarah Minty, Sumi Hollingworth at London Metropolitan Univer- sity, Institute for Policy Studies in Education; Dr. Cathie Holden (principal re- searcher) and Harriet Jones. Funded by the British Academy Small Grants Award (SG 49353). 3 Members of the Turkish research team are Dr. Nilüfer Pembecioglu Öcel (prin- cipal researcher) and Nadi Güler lkay Kank, Burcu Akkay, Ece Kayrak, Cemal Uzunolu and Gökçen Ardç at Istanbul University; Dr. Erol Nezih Orhon at Eskiehir Anadolu University. Funded by TÜBITAK (Grant 107KT66). 4 The Spanish research team members are Dr. Melinda Dooly (principal re- searcher), Dr. Montserrat Oller, Claudia Vallejo, Dr....

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