The European Dimension in Swiss Geography Education
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
A critically important issue in Swiss society and politics is Switzerland’s relationship to a dynamic and unifying Europe. However, this study finds that Swiss upper secondary students in the German-speaking part of the country do not feel much attached to Europe as a geographical and political entity. Europe is not subject matter in formal upper secondary geography education and is absent from the geography curricula and geography textbooks for this level. This paper concludes that Swiss students’ attachment to Europe can be enhanced by shifting to motivating subject content and direct communication and cooperation with people in Europe.
geography education, European awareness, spatial cognition, upper secondary schools, Switzerland
Reinfried, S. (2000). The European dimension in swiss geography education. Research in Geographic Education, 2(2), pp. 3-24.