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ERIC Number: EJ852749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
Education for Responsible Citizenship: Conversation
Waghid, Yusef
Perspectives in Education, v27 n1 p85-90 Mar 2009
There is an abundance of literature on citizenship education. This essay is an attempt to show how deliberation is used in university classroom pedagogy, to engender in students a commitment to becoming responsible citizens of a post-apartheid South Africa. Firstly, I show that controversy can be attended to through deliberation, with specific reference to three incidents in my country: alleged racist practices at a university ; an instruction by the Minister of Education to introduce a pledge of allegiance in public schools; and xenophobic attacks on foreigners. Secondly, I show that deliberation alone cannot guarantee responsible citizenship. Students also need to be taught to have compassion for the vulnerable other. Finally, I argue that cultivating citizenship through deliberation offers much hope to counteract blindly patriotic sentiments and to engender cosmopolitan justice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa