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Civics in the curricular construction of the loyal national citizen: a comparative view of Switzerland


Horlacher, Rebekka (2020). Civics in the curricular construction of the loyal national citizen: a comparative view of Switzerland. Hrvatski Casopis za Odgoj i Obrazovanje, 22:online.

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The implementation of public schooling is usually understood as both an expressionand a means of nation-building. The formal organization of the school, i.e. thecurricula, teaching materials and the respective teacher’s education were interpretedas cultural-political arrangements deriving from assumed national convictionsabout the future of the particular nation-state and its ideal citizens. Against thisbackground, the entire learning arrangement of the curriculum can be seen asan instrument to educate pupils to become loyal national citizens. Of particularinterest is the curricular area which is explicitly dedicated to political education,i.e. civics. This paper focuses on precisely this area and its teaching materials oncivic education in a nation-state which comprises different nations organized bycantons, which cannot refer to a common religion, history or language and thusto a common culture. Examining two different cantons of Switzerland, this articledeals with the question of how nation-building may differ within the frameworkof one nation-state.

Abstract

The implementation of public schooling is usually understood as both an expressionand a means of nation-building. The formal organization of the school, i.e. thecurricula, teaching materials and the respective teacher’s education were interpretedas cultural-political arrangements deriving from assumed national convictionsabout the future of the particular nation-state and its ideal citizens. Against thisbackground, the entire learning arrangement of the curriculum can be seen asan instrument to educate pupils to become loyal national citizens. Of particularinterest is the curricular area which is explicitly dedicated to political education,i.e. civics. This paper focuses on precisely this area and its teaching materials oncivic education in a nation-state which comprises different nations organized bycantons, which cannot refer to a common religion, history or language and thusto a common culture. Examining two different cantons of Switzerland, this articledeals with the question of how nation-building may differ within the frameworkof one nation-state.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:history of schooling, nineteenth century, textbooks, nation-building, citizenship education
Language:English
Date:17 December 2020
Deposited On:21 Jan 2021 14:56
Last Modified:25 Jan 2021 19:35
Publisher:Sveuciliste u Zagrebu * Uciteljski Fakultet
ISSN:1848-5189
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.15516/cje.v22i0.4121

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