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University Lecturers’ Conceptions of Ethics and Citizenship Education in the European Higher Education Area: a Case Study

  • Francisco Esteban Bara1Email author,
  • Teodor Mellen Vinagre2 and
  • Maria Rosa Buxarrais Estrada1
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201411:11030022

DOI: 10.7238/rusc.v11i3.1778

Received: 15 February 2013

Accepted: 15 February 2014

Published: 15 July 2014

Abstract

Ethics and Citizenship education has become the focus of considerable debate since the launch of the European Higher Education Area. That this is the case is interesting, as it is a type of education that forms part of the educational mission of universities, as its history plainly demonstrates. Ethics and Citizenship education cannot be analysed solely in terms of its pedagogical requirements, the skills and competencies that it seeks to develop, or the type of students and professionals that the world needs today. Its success also requires that we explore what university lecturers understand by this type of education, the context it currently finds itself in, and how students perceive such an education. This paper presents a case study conducted on university lecturers in Education, Philosophy and Humanities at several European institutions.

Keywords

European Higher Education Area ethics citizenship