Dr. Mariana Koseva
Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
Abstract. This article presents the results of a qualitative empirical study. The theme of national identity is approached with the idea that in the period of “middle childhood” the cognitive and emotional foundations of its further development are laid. An attempt was made to explore in a comparative sense the sense of belonging to the homeland of children of Bulgarian and Roma ethnicity at the end of the period. Special attention is also paid to their self-determination towards the national group as a basis for forming a sense of belonging.
Keywords: national identity; sense of belonging to the homeland; primary school
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