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Chapter 40: Citizenship Education, Pedagogy and School Contexts
Many educationalists maintain that schools play and ought to play a critical role in nurturing and even transforming democratic citizenship learning. Schools provide fertile grounds for investigating civic living, where the diverse dimensions of democratic citizenship can be explored, nurtured, and experienced. They offer conditions where understandings of key concepts, issues, and processes of informed democratic citizenship can be developed; where conflicting beliefs and perspectives within local, national, and global contexts can be examined and analyzed; where notions of civic membership and identity, inclusion and exclusion, moral purpose and legal responsibility can be explored; and where basic capacities of civic literacy and participation can be practiced and reflected upon.
During the past century a number ...