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

Concepciones del profesorado universitario sobre la formación ética y ciudadana en el Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior: un estudio de caso

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.

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La formación ética y para la ciudadanía está siendo objeto de debate desde la implantación del espacio europeo de educación superior. Resulta interesante que así sea, pues se trata de un tipo de formación que forma parte de la misión formativa de la universidad, tal y como su historia se ha encargado de demostrarnos. Este tipo de formación no puede ser analizada sólo desde la pedagogía que requiere, las competencias que se deben fomentar o el tipo de estudiantes y profesionales que la contemporaneidad necesita. Su buen desarrollo también necesita adentrarse en qué entiende el profesor universitario por dicha formación, en qué estado cree que se encuentra y cómo concibe a sus estudiantes al respecto. Este trabajo presenta el estudio del caso de profesores de diferentes universidades europeas de las áreas de educación, filosofía y humanidades.

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Esteban Bara, F., Mellen Vinagre, T. & Buxarrais Estrada, M.R. University Lecturers’ Conceptions of Ethics and Citizenship Education in the European Higher Education Area: a Case Study. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 11, 22–31 (2014). https://doi.org/10.7238/rusc.v11i3.1778

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Keywords

  • European Higher Education Area
  • ethics
  • citizenship

Palabras clave

  • Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior
  • ética
  • ciudadanía