European Context of the Citizenship and Participation Construction and Teaching: Citizenship, Participation, Diversity and European Identity in Education

The research takes up a specific critical and comparative perspective upon the civic and citizenship education in Europe and combines theoretical approaches from political science, sociology and educational sciences. Research describes the influences, civic education is subjected to, the role of this kind of education in the processes of Europeanisation and globalization, and current developments in this research area. The research aims at comparative analysis and develops new theory-based and interdisciplinary applicable analytical instruments.

In 2014, a special issue of the InterDisciplines (Journal of History and Sociology is an interdisciplinary journal at the interface between history and the social sciences), Volume 5, Issue 2 ‘Still an issue? Approaching and challenging post-socialist and post-authoritarian education: Difficulties, routines and innovations of empirical research’ was published with the guest editor Dr. Tatjana Zimenkova (Bielefeld University, CGES associate). Provided in the Journal’s issue results of analysis of citizenship education under conditions of transformation and authoritarian rule were also presented during the Annual conference of the European Educational Research Association, ECER 2014 ‘The Past, the Present and Future of

Educational Research in Europe’ (Porto, 1-5 September 2014). Title of the symposium - ‘Still an issue? Approaching and challenging post-socialist and post-authoritarian education: difficulties, routines and innovations of empirical research’, Chair - Olena Fimyar, University of Cambridge, UK, Discussant - Nelli Piattoeva, Research Collegium of the University of Tampere, Finland. Presentation of the research result entitled ‘Approaching post-socialist and post-authoritarian education: added value or an illusion of similarity? An attempt of a comparative methodology’ was made by Dr. Pedro Ferreira and Dr. Tatjana Zimenkova.

Further analytical instruments to be used in the area of civic education under transformation were discussed (under evaluation by the organisation committee) during the workshop ‘Overcoming post communism: the hidden lessons of Eastern Europe’s past’ at the 16th Annual CiCe Network conference ‘Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education’, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland (12-14 June 2014); moderators - Margarita Jeliazkova (University Twente Enschede) and Dr. Tatjana Zimenkova (Bielefeld University, CGES associate).


  • Prof. Dr. Tatjana Zimenkova, Bielefeld University, CGES
  • Dr. Pedro D. Ferreira, University of Porto
  • Margarita Jeliazkova, University Twente Enschede, the Netherlands