EXPANDING HORIZONS: PRIMARY TEACHERS GOING BEYOND THE SLOVAK CIVIC EDUCATION CURRICULUM
This research explores the initiatives taken by primary school teachers to extend their teaching beyond the confines of the Slovak civic education curriculum. The civic education curriculum lays the foundation for instilling democratic values, active citizenship, and social responsibility among young learners. However, teachers, driven by their commitment to comprehensive education, often seek innovative approaches to augment civic education's scope and impact. Through qualitative case studies and interviews with primary school teachers, this study investigates the methods, resources, and pedagogical strategies employed by educators to expand students' understanding of civic engagement, global issues, and cross-cultural perspectives. The findings shed light on the transformative potential of teachers' initiatives in shaping socially conscious and globally aware citizens, offering insights for educational policymakers and practitioners aiming to enhance civic education practices.