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Education is considered to be an important institution in supporting stable democracies, and free and open societies. Teachers, school leaders and school boards, with students and others working in education, together shape the school’s role as a socializing agent.

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Start date 28 May 2018
End date 29 May 2018
Time 12:00

As part of the continuing debate about the contribution of education in dealing with developments like mass migration, growing inequalities, increasing harshness of the public debate et cetera, and fueled by large scale comparative studies, like the recent International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, citizenship education continues to receive increased attention from different perspectives. The role of citizenship education therefore deserves continued attention.


Registration for the conference is free of charge. Please register before May 14, 2018.



Monday 28 May

12:00-13:00          Registration

12:00                     Lunch (included)

13:00                     Opening and welcome

  • Anne Bert Dijkstra (University of Amsterdam, AMCIS)
  • Remmert Daas (University of Amsterdam, AMCIS)

13:30-15:00          Session 1: Aims of citizenship education

Chair: Piet van der Ploeg (University of Groningen)

  • - Anne van Goethem, "What civic knowledge should adolescents have about society? A mixed-method approach."
  • - Margot Joris, "What education for what citizenship? A normative analysis of the ICCS study."
  • - Weihong Liang, "Economic citizenship and citizenship education in Chinese secondary schools."

15:00-15:15          Break

15:15-16:15          Session 2: Development of citizenship competences

Chair: Remmert Daas (University of Amsterdam, AMCIS)

  • - Jacqueline Witschge, "Type of education and civic and political attitudes."
  • - Jan Šerek, "The effects of school environment on adolescents' understanding of and support for democracy."

16:15-16:30          Break

16:30-17:30          Keynote: David Kerr (Young Citizens & University of Reading)

Introduction: Germ Janmaat (UCL Institute of Education, LLAKES)

“Citizenship Education Policy, Practice and Research: Reflecting Back to Move Forward”

2018 is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Crick Report which launched Citizenship in and beyond schools in the UK. David Kerr will use this opportune moment to reflect on his experiences of policy, practice and research in citizenship education at national, European and international level and the emerging lessons. He will then explore how we can use these lessons to take citizenship education forward in the current context.

David Kerr is Consultant Director of Education at the NGO Young Citizens (formerly the Citizenship Foundation) in London and Head of Initial Teacher Training at the University of Reading. He is a Council Member of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT), joint editor of Teaching Citizenship and Vice-Chair of the DfE Citizenship Expert Group.

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Tuesday 29 May

9:00-10:00            Keynote: Wiel Veugelers (University of Humanistic Studies)

Introduction: Piet van der Ploeg (University of Groningen)

“Different ideas about citizenship and citizenship education”

Citizenship is now the concept many people use to speak about the identity of people. In the past decades the concept has been broadened and deepened. Broadened by moving beyond the nation state to a regional level (e.g. European) and to the global world. Deepening by extending the political level to the social and the cultural level. This extension makes the link between moral development and citizenship education stronger. The ideas behind the different conceptualizations of citizenship and citizenship education will be discussed and the relationship between the moral and the political in citizenship and citizenship education will be analyzed.

Wiel Veugelers is Professor of Education at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht. He is associate editor of the Journal of Moral Education, editor of the book series ‘Moral Development and Citizenship Education’ (BrillSense), and member of the international Project Advisory Committee of ICCS.

10:00-10:30          Break

10:30-12:00          Session 3: Inequalities of citizenship competences

Chair: Germ Janmaat (UCL Institute of Education, LLAKES)

  • Ellen Claes, "Can schools close the civic knowledge gap? Observing track differences in the Flemish and Dutch ICCS 2016 data.
  • Daniel Deimel, "Comparing inequalities in intended political participation among 14-year-old students in four neighbouring countries."
  • Kevin Brandt, Katarina Marej, Andrea Szukala, Gerrit Tiefenthal & Tatiana Zimenkova, "Creating narratives of cohesion within citizenship education? Civic learning spaces and deliberation as an answer towards disintegration and radicalization in urban communities."

12:00                     Lunch (included)

13:00-14:30          Session 4: Teaching citizenship competences

Chair: Laurence Guerin (University of Groningen)

  • Chris Holman, "A study of the level of citizenship competences in MBO. The development of a framework for citizenship competences of participants in secondary vocational education (MBO)."
  • Pieter van Rees, "The citizenship education curriculum: textbooks, markets, and governments. US Civics textbooks 1950-2010."
  • Isolde de Groot, "Mock elections as a way to cultivate political development and political spaces in schools."

14:30-15:00          Closing

  • David Kerr, Closing discussion, Research on citizenship education: strengths and challenges
  • Germ Janmaat, Closing statements