Growing up in democracy is addressed to teachers who want to integrate Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Human Rights Education (HRE) in their daily subject teaching. Nine teaching units of approximately four lesson plans each give step-by-step instructions and include student handouts and background information for teachers. The complete manual provides a full school year's curriculum for students in primary school (grades 4 to 6), but as each unit is also complete in itself the manual allows great flexibility in use. It is therefore also suitable for textbook editors, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, student teachers and beginning teachers.The objective of EDC/HRE is to teach children to become active citizens who are willing and able to participate in the democratic community. Therefore, EDC/HRE strongly emphasise action and task-based learning. The school community is conceived as a sphere of authentic experience where young people can learn how to participate in democratic decision making and may take responsibility at an early age. Key concepts for EDC/HRE are taught as tools of life-long learning.
The conceptual framework of this manual
1. Basic principles of EDC/HRE
2. Three dimensions of competence
3. Key concepts as the core of the nine units
UNIT 1: Identity - Me in my community
UNIT 2: Diversity and pluralism - At home in Europe
UNIT 3: Equality - Minorities and majorities
UNIT 4: Conflict - Rules help to solve conflicts
UNIT 5: Rules and law - The basis of living together
UNIT 6: Power and authority - I am the boss! Am I?
UNIT 7: Responsibility - I go eco ... my school takes part!
UNIT 8: Rights and freedom - My rights - your rights
UNIT 9: Media - Media in use: I would if I could
Manual for students
I. Handouts for students (integrated booklet)
II. Toolbox for students (integrated booklet)
Illustration: The puzzle of the nine key concepts