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Human Rights and Values Education in Europe: Research in Educational Law, Curricula and Textbooks (Book Review)

Bigger, Stephen (1998) Human Rights and Values Education in Europe: Research in Educational Law, Curricula and Textbooks (Book Review). Journal of Moral Education, 27 (4). pp. 544-546. ISSN 0305-7240


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This volume, published in Germany with the support of the European Commission,is the product of a collaboration (Socrates and later Erasmus funded) which brings together
nine contributors from seven countries. The project was eventually called "Building Bridges" and the book begins with a commentary on a Rembrandt painting of a bridge, which forms the book cover. The theme is broad—human rights and values education as these relate to the school curriculum and textbooks. Each writer interprets this differently, some not achieving a balanced focus. Overall, the contributions consist of a collection of progress reports: many had not completed everything they set out to do. The English style throughout is patchy but acceptable: for example the series' strap-line is "to think Europe through values looking at Human Rights"... Interesting issues are raised about values and human rights education, much superficially descriptive. It cries out for a thorough-going debate of these important issues and principles, which it reveals as having been neglected by the contributing countries of the European Union.

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Revised text, 2010.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: human rights, values, education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Depositing User: Stephen Bigger
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 13:07
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:24

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