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Title: What Kind of Citizenship for European Higher Education? Beyond the Competent Active Citizen
Author(s): Biesta, G J J
Contact Email: gert.biesta@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Citation: Biesta GJJ (2009) What Kind of Citizenship for European Higher Education? Beyond the Competent Active Citizen, European Educational Research Journal, 8 (2), pp. 146-158.
Abstract: How might European higher education contribute to the promotion and development of European citizenship? In this article, the author addresses this question through a critical discussion of the notions of ‘active citizenship’ and ‘civic competence’, which play a central role in current policy and research on the role of education in the development of European citizenship. The author argues that there is a tendency within the idea of ‘active citizenship’ to depoliticise the very idea of citizenship because it is based upon a consensus notion of democracy and a functionalist understanding of citizenship and the formation of citizens. The author also argues that the idea of civic competence reduces civic learning and political education to a form of socialisation which undermines rather than supports political agency. For these reasons, the author argues that European higher education should not aim to become a socialising agent for the production of the competent active citizen but should seek to support modes of political action and civic learning that embody a commitment to a more critical and more political form of European citizenship than what is envisaged in the ideas of ‘active citizenship’ and ‘
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1697
URL: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/rss/abstract.asp?j=eerj&aid=3603&doi=1
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2009.8.2.146
Rights: Published in the European Educational Research Journal. Copyright: Symposium Journals.; Open Access. Publisher statement: "Please note that all articles published within Symposium journals automatically become open access 18 months after publication, so authors are asked to respect that embargo period". http://www.wwwords.co.uk/eerj/howtocontribute.asp
Affiliation: Education Management and Support

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