Working with Children and Youth for the Future
Edited By Melinda Ann Dooly Owenby
Dealing with Citizens of the Future’s Needs through the Promotion of Self-Efficacy in Teaching Elena Briones & Carmen Tabernero 209
Dealing with Citizens of the Future’s Needs through the Promotion of Self-Efficacy in Teaching ELENA BRIONES & CARMEN TABERNERO One of the main aims of the ESF Research1 is to explore the extent to which young people’s home and school experiences have helped them understand their attitudes towards current European and global issues, such as democratic processes, poverty, unemployment, and human rights. Significantly, the qualitative and quantitative data from the four European countries (England, Poland, Turkey and Spain) – encom- passing respondents with varying social, economic and political back- ground – showed that students considered their teachers as one of the most important sources of information about those issues. When the research project was designed, a potential impact ex- pected for the professional community of education stakeholders (e.g. teachers, youth workers, and NGOs) was to provide some guidelines for those working in the field of education on how they can approach global issues and engage children and youth in de- mocratic processes. The role of these stakeholders is paramount to the success or failure of such endeavours. Quoted below are several extracts from the qualitative data recompiled during focus group di- cussions between Spanish students and interviews. All of these ex- tracts highlight how the students understand the importance of the role of the teacher when the students are learning about issues such as violence, health, tolerance, and employment: 1 In addition to the EUROCORES Project: “Citizens of the future: the con- cerns and actions of young people around current European and global...
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