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ERIC Number: EJ750399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
"Acting out" in the Public Sphere: The Challenges of Community Theatre to Citizenship Education
Kennelly, Jacqueline
Canadian Journal of Education, v29 n2 p541-562 2006
Drawing on historical and contemporary scholarship on citizenship education, I have outlined how such education both excludes those outside the normative construction of the Canadian citizen and fails to prepare students for participation in the public sphere. I argue that contemporary citizenship education is in danger of creating individualistic consumers, as opposed to citizens who participate in public life. Invoking Habermasian and Arendtian insights about the ethical requirements for a democratic public sphere, I have illustrated the potential for such participation through the example of Headline Theatre's production of the play "Practicing Democracy." (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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