The role of extracurricular activities in active citizenship education

Keser F., Akar H., Yildirim A.

JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM STUDIES, vol.43, no.6, pp.809-837, 2011 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00220272.2011.591433
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.809-837
  • Keywords: extra-curricular activities, citizenship education, active citizenship education, Turkey, PARTICIPATION, IDENTITY, CURRICULA


There have been multiple trends of building democratic citizens through formal education, and in the European context the trials have been dramatically increased with the Europeanization process since the 1980s. In line with this trend, an in-depth qualitative case study was carried out in a private primary school in Turkey to shed light on the role of school-based extra-curricular activities as a contemporary trend in building active citizenship values and competencies in students. Qualitative data were collected through multiple data collection tools as observation field notes, interviews, and document analysis to achieve triangulation and trustworthiness. Much of the findings were compatible with EURYDICE Report (2005) on citizenship education, and yielded six themes, called the six blossoms of extra-curricular activities in citizenship education: namely, active citizenship perception; social accountability; intercultural awareness; awareness of democracy and human rights; thinking and research skills; and interaction and interpersonal skills.