Citizenship and Human Rights Education as a cross-curricular subject: Elementary students' views on human rights [Ara-disiplin olarak vatandaşlik ve nsan haklari egitimi: lkögretim ögrencilerinin nsan haklarina lişkin görüşleri]
This research study aims at exploring how the 7th and 8th graders of 3 elementary schools in Ankara conceptualize the concept of human rights and how they perceive human rights and citizenship after being instructed a course titled "Citizenship and Human Rights Education" as a cross-curricular subject. It also aims at evaluating their views on human rights issues and suggested solutions. The students are interviewed by using focus group methodology. The findings suggest that the students have acquired basic knowledge on human rights and been aware of human rights issues in Turkey and rest of the world. However, the students are desperate about the solution of these problems. Consequently, human rights education does not seem to serve the purpose of empowering individuals and there is no formation of a holistic perception of human rights in the students' minds. Therefore, "Citizenship and Human Rights Education" as a cross-curricular subject, did not seem to help students reaching the goals of human rights education.