20 SES 09, Towards an Inclusive European Citizenship: The challenges and opportunities in negotiating culture and identity in national educational contexts
Both scholars and politicians insist on the need to prepare society to deal with the challenges that cultural diversity, and globalization present to the development of a sense of a cohesive community (Castles & Miller, 993). Education has a pivotal role to play in meeting the Europe 2020 agenda of “generating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU”. In a European society which is increasingly multi-cultural and pluralistic, social cohesion and inclusion is a fundamental pre-requisite for growth, and sustainability. Yet, within the liberal democratic tradition only a citizens devoid of any affiliation with ethnic, national and religious sub-groups is entitled to prima facie political equality (Mendus, 1989). For the most part this foundational perspective is still reflected in formal educational settings and creates tensions with minority and immigrant groups who sense their cultures and identities go unrecognized. Though multicultural efforts have been developed in most western educational setting the minimal literature on the impact of multicultural educational reform has yielded its fair share of debate and criticism, and has not always been encouraging (Freeman, 2000; Whitehead & Wittig, 2004) for it has been inclined to essentialize group differences. In spite of this drawback multicultural efforts cannot be abandoned for they are still acknowledged as pivotal for the constitution of an inclusive European society as stated by The European Council Paris Declaration (2015) which call for the development of intercultural civic and social competences, for the constitution of an inclusive society.
The suggested symposium brings together scholars from three countries which will critically discuss in their contributions different epistemological and pedagogical approaches towards the engagement of students in the process of identity and culture negotiations in educational settings while considering a variety of paradigmatic perspectives.
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00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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