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Learning Citizenship by Practicing Democracy: International Initiatives and Perspectives

Learning Citizenship by Practicing Democracy: International Initiatives and Perspectives (Hardback)

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For many years, the fields of citizenship education and participatory democracy have often operated independently from each other. During the last decade, the Transformative Learning Centre of the University of Toronto has nurtured multiple spaces for an interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars, practitioners and students from these two fields. One of those spaces was the Second International Conference on Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy, where close to 300 participants from all over the world shared ideas in more than 150 sessions, including discussions, round-tables, workshops and keynote addresses. This volume brings together a selected collection from the many papers submitted to the conference. Learning Citizenship by Practicing Democracy: International Initiatives and Perspectives includes an introductory essay, 18 chapters and a postscript, and is organized in three sections: I. Learning democracy in educational institutions II. Learning democracy in communities III.

Learning democracy in participatory budgeting The articles in this book represent a variety of perspectives (as the authors come from different geographical and disciplinary locations), but they all share a commitment to improvements in theory, research and practice in the worldwide movement for deepening democracy and for an emancipatory citizenship education.

Elizabeth Pinnington is a doctoral candidate in the Adult Education and Community Development Department, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Elizabeth is an award-winning adult educator and facilitator. She researches and publishes in the areas of participatory governance, collaborative community movements, and social justice learning. Daniel Schugurensky is the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Among his recent publications are Four in Ten: Spanish-Speaking Youth and Early School Leaving in Toronto, Citizenship and immigrant education, "This is our school of citizenship": Informal learning in local democracy, and Ruptures, continuities and re-learning: The political participation of Latin Americans in Canada.

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