Human rights education and the atmosphere of early and pre-school education institutions

Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, No. 6-7, 2016

Original scientific paper

Anita Mandarić Vukušić   ORCID icon ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Split, Croatia 

pages 285-308

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In order to respect the rights of the child and fully respond to the needs of children, the work of an educational institution must be based on humanistic values, and institutions must be developed according to contemporary pedagogical knowledge. If we want to raise children as full members of a democratic society, education in human rights must be initiated from the child’s first contact with the educational institution, that is starting at early and pre-school education. In spite of the declarative level of respect for human rights and with promoting the idea of the necessity of their appreciation, teaching practice shows that children’s rights as well as human rights education are differently realized in educational institutions. This paper focuses on the research of the teaching atmosphere as a quality indicator in the implementation of human rights education. What kind of atmosphere will occur in a particular educational institution depends on the respect for fundamental human rights as well as the child’s rights, which is primarily the responsibility of adults. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine if there is a difference between teachers and parents in the assessment of educational atmospheres that seek to foster human rights education. The survey was conducted in early and pre-school educational institutions in Split. The survey included 68 teachers and 99 parents from public and private kindergartens in Split. Results show that there in no significant difference in respondents assessments, in which both state a positive opinion concerning the existent educational atmosphere. We conclude that informants consider climate suitable for the realization of the human rights education.


human rights education; educational institutions environment; educational institutions culture; assessment of educators and parents