ERIC Number: ED440177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep-2
Reference Count: N/A
Full-Service Schooling, "At Risk" Students and Democratic Citizenship.
Semmens, Robert A.
Currently in Australia, two school-based initiatives, "full-service" schooling and civics/citizenship curriculum, have been introduced to address two aspects of the problem of youth alienation from school and society. The "full-service" response is to provide coordinated access to health and welfare services so that "at risk" students are able to participate more fully in schooling. The civics and citizenship response teaches all students about governance so that they can participate more fully in the affairs of their community. This paper presents data suggesting that both responses will have a peripheral impact on the problem of youth alienation because they do not engage students in definition or solution of their problems. Attention is drawn to the educational limitations of the various models for implementing "full-service" schooling, and to the limitations of the civics and citizenship curriculum, which does not begin with student involvement in classroom and school governance. A recent proposal by A. Pearl and T. Knight (1999) for democratic education theory to inform classroom practice is presented as a more comprehensive approach to engaging all students constructively in defining and solving the real problems of importance to them and the future of their society. (Contains 45 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Alienation, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia