Learning Civil Courage: A Citizens’ Perspective

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Civil courage refers to the behavior where people actively intervene to protect a victim in a concrete situation of injustice despite the risk of becoming a victim themselves. To act with civil courage, one requires competencies that relate to prosocial values as well as the physical and social ability to act. In this context, this brief reports the opinions of 2,046 respondents—representatives of Germany with respect to age, gender, and region—on what, according to them, are the best contexts for learning civil courage. “At home and/or from family” as well as “through volunteering” are considered the most suitable contexts to learn civil courage. In contrast, television, social media, and the internet are considered the least supportive contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679 - 681
JournalEducational Researcher
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 503033 Political education
  • 502023 NPO research
  • 503001 General education
  • 503
  • 605005 Audience research


  • Civil Courage
  • Education
  • Family
  • Internet
  • Social Media
  • Volunteering
  • Youth movements
  • Zivilcourage

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