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ERIC Number: EJ1103373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
We Come to Form Ourselves Bit by Bit: Educating for Citizenship in Post-Conflict Guatemala
Rubin, Beth C.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n3 p639-672 Jun 2016
Over the past several decades, the implementation of democratic citizenship education has become a common prescription for the civic reconstruction of post-conflict societies. Across the globe, educational changes are seen as fundamental to the creation of peaceful, tolerant, and democratic civic identities, the key to "social reconstruction, a better future, and a lasting peace." Drawing on qualitative data from varied schools in postwar Guatemala, this article illustrates a critical dilemma in post-conflict civic education: the difficulties of engaging directly with past and present injustice while moving toward a shared national identity. Global models of democratic, multicultural, and human rights education alone are inadequate for creating a new sense of citizenship in a country in which young people's sense of belonging and their interpretations of the past are deeply connected to how their communities are positioned within a profoundly inequitable power structure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Guatemala
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