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Title: Understanding young people's citizenship learning in everyday life: The role of contexts, relationships and dispositions
Author(s): Biesta, G J J
Lawy, Robert
Kelly, Narcie
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Keywords: citizenship
young people
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Citation: Biesta GJJ, Lawy R & Kelly N (2009) Understanding young people's citizenship learning in everyday life: The role of contexts, relationships and dispositions, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 4 (1), pp. 5-24.
Abstract: In this article we present insights from research which has sought to deepen understanding of the ways in which young people (13-21) learn democratic citizenship through their participation in a range of different formal and informal practices and communities. Based on the research, we suggest that such understanding should focus on the interplay between contexts for action, relationships within and across contexts, and the dispositions that young people bring to such contexts and relationships. In the first part of the paper we show how and why we have broadened the narrow parameters of the existing citizenship discourse with its focus on political socialisation to encompass a more wide-ranging conception of citizenship learning which is not just focused on school or the curriculum. In the second part of the paper we describe our research and present two exemplar case studies of young people who formed part of the project. In the third part we present our insights about the nature and character of citizenship learning that we have been able to draw from our research. In the concluding section we highlight those dimensions of citizenship learning that would have remained invisible had we focused exclusively on schools and the curriculum. In this way we demonstrate the potential of the approach to understanding citizenship learning that we have adopted.
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Rights: Published in Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. Copyright: Sage.; The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2009, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2009 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Education, Citizenship and Social Justice page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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