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Neumann, Richard – Journal of Social Science Education, 2017
The primary purpose of this essay is to further understanding of the relationship between social education programs in public schools in the United States and the health of its democracy. A secondary purpose is to encourage reflection on the condition of democracy in other countries and the adequacy of social education programs in these countries…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Social Studies, Public Schools
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Safari, Parvin; Rashidi, Nasser – Journal of Social Science Education, 2015
Critical pedagogy (CP) with the eventual aim of creating changes in society towards the socially just world rests upon the premise that language learning is understood as a sociopolitical event. Schools and classrooms are not merely seen as the neutral and apolitical sites or oxymoron of transmitting taken-for-granted knowledge and common sense to…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Tupper, Jennifer – Journal of Social Science Education, 2014
This paper, informed by a critique of traditional understandings of citizenship and civic education, explores the use of social media as a means of fostering activism and dissent. Specifically, the paper explores the ways in which the Idle No More Movement, which began in Canada in 2012 marshalled social media to educate about and protest Bill…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, Activism, Citizenship
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Wood, Bronwyn; Black, Rosalyn – Journal of Social Science Education, 2014
In democracies such as Australia and New Zealand, education policy increasingly seeks to foster active citizens who are committed to social justice and change. Whilst many aspects of these initiatives are to be applauded for their commitment to empowering young people, in this paper we describe some of the ambiguities that attend young people's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizenship Education, Educational Policy, Social Justice