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ERIC Number: ED440914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 9
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Creating Citizenship: Youth Development for Free and Democratic Society. Executive Summary--Conference Consensus Document.
Torney-Purta, Judith
In June 1999, nearly 40 researchers and specialists in youth development gathered to participate in a conference entitled "Creating Citizenship: Youth Development for a Free and Democratic Society." This executive summary identifies a number of qualities and capacities of young people that are essential for achieving the goals of engaging in society and becoming politically developed. The summary outlines the experiences that promote these qualities and capacities, and registers concern about the present lack of opportunities for youth to communicate their own political and cultural expressions to a wide range of groups and engage in constructive dialogue. According to the summary, creating meaningful change in policy, practice, and research is important. The summary provides historical background information about creating citizenship in the next generation and the participation of youth in civil society. It contends that there is new interest in creating citizenship opportunities for young people. It also finds that there is a need to identify the precursors in adolescence of adults' active involvement in the community and in all levels of the political system. The paper pinpoints some arenas of action, such as the neighborhood or community, youth organizations, and schools, and calls for supporting programs with research, especially new research in methods and measures for evaluating existing or planned programs. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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