New Civics, New Citizens

Critical, Competent, and Responsible Agents


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How we think about civic participation has changed dramatically and informs our understanding of how civic education is being transformed. Nations, globally, are redefining what is needed to be a ‘good citizen’ and how they should create them. ‘Civic’ participation increasingly extends beyond voting in elections, to informal and unconventional action. Making one’s voice heard involves diverse communication media and wide-ranging skills. Young people are motivated to engagement by concern about climate change and the rights of marginalised people. Social media empower but bring the threat of extremism. Civic education – New Civics – must channel and foster these trends. To create critical, active and responsible citizenship, knowledge alone is not enough; young people need to able to take critical perspectives on a wide range of social and political issues, and to acquire the social, cognitive and organizational skills to do so. How is new civics pedagogy being manifested? What traditional practices are under scrutiny? In this volume sixteen projects in eight countries address questions in research, practices, policy and professional development. What is civic identity and how does participation reflect it? Where do new discourses and definitions come from? How do contemporary social and cultural debates and issues intersect with practice and precepts?

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Helen Haste, PhD, Professor Emerita in Psychology, University of Bath, UK, was Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education 2003–2018 where she led a program supporting doctoral research on civic education. She has published extensively on cultural and social factors in moral, civic and political identity.

Janine Bempechat, EdD, is Clinical Professor of Human Development, Boston University. She has published extensively on family, cultural, and school influences in the development of student motivation and achievement in low-income children and youth. Her research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and the W.T. Grant Foundation.
Notes on Contributors

Introduction: New Civics, New Citizens: Critical, Competent and Responsible Agents
Helen Haste and Janine Bempechat

PART 1: Domain 1: Civic Identities and Forms of Participation

1 Is It Radical to Be Kind? New Civic Education in the Era of Young People’s Dissent
Benjamin Bowman

2 What Does ‘Belonging’ Mean? The Goals and Tensions of Dual Identity
Pinar Burcu Güner

3 Not Everyone Thinks It’s Bad: A Study of Teenagers’ Attitudes towards Cyberbullying
Arvid Nagel, Horst Biedermann and Fritz Oser

4 Wasteful, Wary, or Wishful: Chinese Teachers’ Perceptions of Students’ Civic Duties
Siwen Zhang Minero

PART 2: Domain 2: What Are the Sources of Concepts, Discourses, and Definitions?

5 An Unexpected Moral Lesson from High School Science among Chinese Adolescents
Chen Chen

6 The Rural-Urban Divide and the Making of the Chinese Citizen: Past and Present
Xin Xiang

7 The Moral and Ethical Dimensions of Citizenship Education: Ordinary Ethics of Student Government in Chinese Classrooms
Liu Jiang

8 Conference of the Oppressed: Lecture-Performing the Science Poster Presentation
Alen Agaronov

PART 3: Domain 3: Contemporary Debates and Controversial Issues around Civic and Socio-Political Questions

9 Abnormal Justice and School Closure
Jacob Fay

10 Anti-Discrimination as Institutional New Civics, or In Loco Parentis by a Different Name?
Matthew Patrick Shaw

11 Reciprocity in Practice: Using Deliberative Democratic Theory to Reframe and Improve Teacher Professional Development
James Noonan

12 Locating Empowerment and Technical Intuition in How We Frame U.S. Civic Education
Erhardt Graeff

PART 4: Domain 4: Educational Practice and Pedagogy

13 Cultivating Democratic Climates in Primary School Classrooms in Colombia: Pastors, Radical Democrats, Semi-Democrats, and Tyrants
Sanjay K. Nanwani

14 The ABC s of Citizenship: Why Social Skills Matter for Preschoolers’ Early Math and (Later) Civic Skills
Bonnie B. Mackintosh

15 How Mock Elections May (Not) Promote Thick Democratic Engagement
Isolde de Groot

16 ‘Beyond Two-Sided Stories’: Multi-Perspectivity in History and Civic Learning
Everardo Perez-Manjarrez

Practitioners, researchers and policy-makers with interest in current and critical perspectives on civic and values education, across the social sciences and humanities. The writing is accessible, the material international.
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