EVALUATION OF IMPACT OF CURRICULAR AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
This study involves an elaborated description of the Project “EVALUATION OF IMPACT OF CURRICULAR and EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION.” This study attempts to answer whether values of active citizenship can be acquired for lifelong practices through formal education as a curricular and extra-curricular academic agenda. Participants were the teachers and the students at the Foundation Primary School at METU; approximately 289 students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and 22 teachers from different social sciences subject areas. Learning took place through both curricular (Citizenship and Human Rights course curriculum) and extracurricular (projects like Eco Schools and Bridge of Civilizations; planned extra curricular social skills activities like Team work, intercultural role playing) which lasted for a semester. Data were collected through both quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings indicate that students gained more meaningful and effective learning in terms of transferring their knowledge about active citizenship into their daily life through extra curricular activities.