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ERIC Number: EJ819747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Critical Citizenship Experiences? Working with Trainee Teachers to Facilitate Active Citizenship in Schools
Jerome, Lee
Teacher Development, v10 n3 p313-329 Oct 2006
In the first part of this paper the author outlines some of the main characteristics of citizenship education in England and in particular he discusses the nature of the active citizenship dimension to the curriculum and the importance of teacher preparation. In the second part he reports on the first three years of a project with history and citizenship trainee teachers. In this section he analyses student teachers' written work and their reflections on school experience. These reflections address the practical and political challenges of developing experiential learning and active citizenship within a school system which is often authoritarian and wary of pupil dissent. The student teachers' reflections are organised under two broad themes--the meaning of active citizenship, and the implications for schools. The paper concludes with an outline of the benefits the student teachers have gained through the project and some comments on the extent to which this project helped prepare these teachers for their role in facilitating active citizenship in schools. Whilst their experiences have been mixed, the tasks and reflective assignment seem to have provided a mechanism for transforming experience into learning and avoiding Dewey's warning that such experiences may become "mis-educative". By doing so the training process has mirrored the experiential learning that these new teachers will be pursuing with their pupils. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)