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European Journal of Futures Research

, 2:49

First Online: 16 December 2014Received: 15 October 2014Accepted: 17 November 2014


The European integration project is confronting one of the greatest challenges in its recent history. The profound current financial crisis is jeopardising both trust in the process of integration and the support of European Union citizens. This paper aims to show the need to find transversal solutions to the immediate and future challenges that the European integration project faces. These solutions could emerge from the retrieval of the idea of including a European Dimension in Education, as a joint political strategy of the European Union and the Council of Europe, given that two separate, but convergent, trends have been identified. Special importance will be placed on the four action points that the European dimension could adopt curricular and teaching materials; creation of school networks and extracurricular activities; initial and on going teacher training; and styles of centre management, leadership and administration. A firm commitment to embed a great deal of Europeanism into the education of the younger European generations from the earliest age possible would favour both a greater, and better, understanding of the process, and the active, participative and critical development of European citizens. It is here where the future challenge for European Education lies.

KeywordsEuropean dimension in education Education for citizenship European Union Council of Europe Educational policies Supranational strategy European challenge This article is part of the Topical Collection on The Future of Europe, guest-edited by Markus Pausch.

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Autor: Alfonso Diestro Fernández


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