The (re)interpretation and implementation of educational citizenship policies by teachers

Maria José D. Martins Ana Margarida Veiga Simão About the authors

Abstract

This investigation aims to understand how primary teachers implement the educational policies of citizenship outlined in official documents. Thus, the legal texts that guide teachers and define education policies for citizenship of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and of the European Union, were analysed. The data obtained through a questionnaire made available online was answered by 109 teachers aged between 23 and 63 years old and allowed us to conclude that there is a great variety in the topics covered and in the teaching strategies. Environmental Education and the rules of interpersonal coexistence were the most referenced domains. References to solidarity actions in the community and the establishment of rules of interpersonal coexistence constituted pedagogical practices that refer to a current conception of citizenship.

Citizenship and development; Democracy; Primary Education

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