IEA Research for Education Series: Northern Lights on Civic and Citizenship Education. A Cross-national Comparison of Nordic Data from ICCS

The eleventh volume of the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA) Research for Education series, published in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers, addresses the state of civic and citizenship education in the four Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) that participated in the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) in 2009 and 2016.

The Nordic countries with their extensive welfare systems and egalitarian ideology are a robust test bed for the evolution of democratic citizenship. Also, the Nordic Council of Ministers' Vision 2030 is for the Nordic region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. In this context, the book clarifies the factors associated with young people’s civic knowledge and interest in societal issues, and how cross-country differences in citizenship relate to these factors. Further, it describes schools’ priorities for citizenship education in the different countries, young people’s use of digital and social media, and issues relating to environmental citizenship. Finally, it provides information about those young people with the least civic knowledge or engagement—a group that tends to be neglected in democratic societies.


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