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Education and citizenship


Line of Research at the University of Navarra

“Education and Citizenship”


In 1995, with the publication of Educar ciudadanos. La polémica liberal-comunitarista en educación (EUNSA, Pamplona) by Professor Naval, the Department of Education began a line of research entitled “Education for Citizenship”, which, over the last ten years, has become more and more important, and has had great national and international repercussion. The year 2005 was proclaimed European Year of Citizenship through Education by the Council of Europe.

In the last 15 years approximately, a fact of international magnitude in the Western world is the vigorous promotion of education for citizenship or what could be called the “rise of civics”: a growing consciousness of the need to emphasize the social and civic dimensions of life and human relations. Education for citizenship is seen as a horizon of hope for maintaining, consolidating, and regenerating democracies, although in many cases there is some ignorance about the deeper meaning of this expression and its inseparable connection with moral education. Is it a political issue, or does it go further? If it is education, it will have to be personal, and if it is personal it cannot ignore the moral viewpoint.

Nowadays we watch and trust in education for citizenship as a solution to many of the political, social and coexistential problems which the Western democratic societies face. As a result, there appear the need, the longing, for education for citizenship within a democratic society which will solve the difficulties we face on the subjects of globalization, multiculturalism, migration, information and communication technology, violence, a lack of civil commitment, amongst young people also, rupture of social and family ties, lack of interest or respect for community values, etc. This process has clear consequences in the area of education.

Directed by Professor Naval, from the beginning this research has been carried out by the professors in the Department -who, each from their own specialist area, made the effort to synchronize their interests- with the assistance of colleagues from other departments of the University of Navarra, and from other universities and research institutes, both national and international. This is reflected in publications, research visits, participation in seminars organized in Pamplona and exchange visits with other research groups. Interdisciplinarity and internationalization have been constant aims.