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What is Political education

Handbook of Research on Citizenship and Heritage Education
All formal and non-formal teaching and learning processes with the aim to develop civic competences.
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Democratic Learning Environment Formats for the Empowerment of Youth
Julia Gantenberg (University of Bremen, Germany) and Marc Partetzke (University of Bremen, Germany)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1978-3.ch019
Radicalization and anti-democratic trends, even at the very local level, have Europe-wide implications, threatening the stability of the European Union and its fundamental values. Hence, the protection, promotion and anchoring of democratic values can only be tackled in a joint effort. This is especially young people who are socially excluded and disadvantaged show a higher risk of violent and political radicalization in all countries. In the context of political education approaches, it is essential to think of educational programs that could increase commitment, resonance, and participation among this particular social group of young people in the context of a civil society. Taking the project 'European Learning Environment Formats for Citizenship and Democracy' (ELEF) as an example, this chapter aims at presenting an education theoretical classification as well as an approach suggesting how to react to societal challenges with the help of educational formats.
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