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ERIC Number: EJ782144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Developing Context in International Civic Education Projects
Craddock, Alden W.
International Journal of Social Education, v21 n2 p123-141 Fall-Win 2006-2007
Because of its inherent political nature, projects for developing civic education in emerging democracies have often been criticized for being a tool for hegemonic control by the "West." Much of these suspicions have been pointed at the United States (US) due to the government's policy of supporting educational reform in emerging democracies. Many of these programs have been criticized as well-intentioned but superficial consultations, or at worst, as a hegemonic imposition of American values and conceptions of democracy. In either case, the heart of the criticism rests on the often accurate perception that the civic education that is developed in these emerging democracies relies too heavily on Western expertise and conceptions of democracy and lacks sufficient indigenous voice and understanding of the context in which it is to be used. Some have even argued that this process is implicitly inherent in all Western educational aid programs. This article seeks to address this criticism through analysis of the conduct of an ongoing US-Ukraine civic education project. Emerging from this analysis is a series of lessons learned about contextualizing civic education that can be useful for others involved in such partnerships. This article first details the conduct of the Education for Democracy in Ukraine Project. The article examines the success of the project in overcoming the structural factors of dominance by comparing the Ukrainian products to similar US models. Then the article discusses the lessons learned about the importance of emphasizing context in civic education and concludes with some questions and suggestions for a framework for developing contextual civic education in the future. (Contains 1 table and 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ukraine; United States