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Lew Zipin & Alan Reid

In: The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy

Chapter 41: A Justice-Oriented Citizenship Education: Making Community Curricular

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A Justice-Oriented Citizenship Education: Making Community Curricular
A justice-oriented citizenship education: Making community curricular
LewZipin and AlanReid
Citizenship Education, Democracy and Community

The concept of community has been a constant presence in formal citizenship education programs; yet its meaning and connection to curriculum tend to be assumed. This taken-for-grantedness masks a number of significant ideological assumptions, not least of which are the views of democracy and citizenship upon which school and classroom practice are based. Despite these silences, it is possible to discern some dominant models. In this chapter, we describe and critique two mainstream curricular approaches to linking citizenship education and community, arguing that they are based on, and serve to reinforce, thin conceptions of democracy. We then propose an alternative approach, and draw upon a research ...

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