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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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Contributors Elena Briones is a postdoctoral fellow at ERCOMER (European Re- search Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations) at Utrecht University, sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. She received her Ph.D. Europeus with distinction in the University of Salamanca and has been an Assistant Professor at Department of Social Psychology of the University of Seville and Cordoba. Her main research focus is on self regulation and psychosocial variables related to the acculturation and psychosocial adaptation in academic contexts. She has published several conference papers, chapters and articles in scientific journals (The Journal of Social Psychology, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, International Journal of Psychology, Psico- thema). Currently she collaborates on international and Spanish projects on education and social psychology, and she is member of the research group “Gender, communication systems, beliefs and education” belonging to the PAIDI (Andalusian Research Plan). Esther Collados Cardona is lead teacher in Sketching in Secondary Education and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Didactics of Music, Art and Corporal Expression at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She has published several handbooks and teacher guidebooks on teaching methods in visual and plastic arts as well as articles related to artistic education. She is currently carrying out re- search in the history of art education in Spain, focusing on education practices as discerned through scholastic art books. Dr. Collados is a member of the SEA (International Society of Education through Art) and as an active member, she has participated in conferences in Europe...

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