Investigating Education for European Identity at three ‘European Schools’: a research proposal

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Encouraging pupils to develop a sense of European identity is one of the implicit aims of the ‘European Schools’. This article describes a proposed research study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which will investigate how this aim is being pursued at three European Schools. The proposal builds on two years (2003–2005) of preparation including research methods training, preliminary research and pilot work conducted at one of the three European Schools to be studied. The introduction to this article presents the contextual background and rationale to the proposed study, before moving on to a brief review of the empirical literature and the conceptual framework. Following this is a discussion of the general purpose of the research, outlining the research questions and the methods that will be used for gathering the data to answer them. The purpose in presenting the preliminary details of this project is to seek constructive criticism and suggestions from educational researchers, particularly from amongst comparativists and those working on European, international and intercultural dimensions. This proposal is designed to guide the project rather than to serve as a fixed framework. It may therefore be modified in light of the feedback received and as unforeseen avenues and new opportunities present themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-186
JournalResearch in Comparative and International Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006


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