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ERIC Number: EJ1137782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-1370
Opening Spaces of Conversation: Citizen Education for Newcomers as a Democratic Practice
Wildemeersch, Danny
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v36 n1-2 p112-127 2017
The arrival of newcomers in our societies "impinges upon us" (Peter Jarvis). Adult and continuing education are invited to take a stance. In response to this, I explore how relevant citizenship education for and with newcomers can be conceived of. In the first place, I explore how the arrival of newcomers triggers ambivalent reactions between fear and hope. Next, I present different concepts of responsible citizenship as a response to these ambivalences. I connect these insights with Biesta's three approaches to public pedagogy: a pedagogy for the public, a pedagogy of the public, and a pedagogy of publicness. In line with "a pedagogy of publicness", I argue that "dissensus", rather than "consensus" and "interruption", rather than "dialogue" could be fruitful notions to conceive citizenship education for newcomers as a democratic practice, whereby both participants and facilitators open spaces of conversation about the world they come from, and the world they want to live in.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium
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