1st Edition

Education for Civic and Political Participation A Critical Approach

Edited By Reinhold Hedtke, Tatiana Zimenkova Copyright 2013
    292 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Participation as an element of active citizenship in democracies is a key project of international and national educational policy. Institutionalized approaches for compulsory schools provide participatory access to all young European citizens. But does this picture depict the possibilities and practices of participation appropriately? Can this standard approach to participation be translated into action in view of diverse polities, policies, political cultures, institutions and practices of participation? This book explores what prerequisites must be given for a successful implementation of such a comprehensive international project.

    Introduction: Critical Approaches to Education for Civic and Political Participation  Reinhold Hedtke and Tatjana Zimenkova  Part I: Taken-for-Grantedness and Hidden Normativity? Foundations and Framings of Participatory Education Policies  1. Dealing with Dissatisfaction: Role, Skills and Meta-Competencies of Participatory Citizenship Education  Detlef Sack  2. Active Citizenship as Harmonious Co-Existence? About the Political in Participatory Education  Tatjana Zimenkova  3. Who is Afraid of a Non-Conformist Youth? The Right to Dissent and to Not Participate  Reinhold Hedtke  Part II: Ambitious Policies, Ambiguous Practices? Approaches and Impacts of Participatory Education in Schools and Beyond  4. Policy Approaches to Quality of Citizenship Education by European Intergovernmental Organisations  Herman Josef Abs and Sarah Werth  5. Motivated by Education or Encouraged by Opportunities? A Comparative Perspective on Knowledge and Participation Nexus
    Anu Toots  6. Putting Participation into Practice: Re-Evaluating the Implementation of the Citizenship Curriculum in England  Avirl Keating and David Kerr  Part III: Included by Education, Excluded by Politics? Tensions, Gaps and Contradictions of Participatory Education  7. Education, Citizenship and Deliberative Democracy: Sen’s Capability Perspective  Tristan McCowan and Elaine Unterhalter  8. Citizenship Education Without Citizenship? The Migrant in EU Education Policy on European Citizenship – Toward the Margin through ‘Strangification’  Maria Olson  9. Sharing Political Power or Caring for the Public Good? The Impact of Service Learning on Civic and Political Participation  Tatjana Zimenkova  Part IV: Shadows of the Pasts, Privacies in the Present? Tracing Participatory Education Back to Soviet and Authoritarian Systems  10. A Relational Approach to Citizenship: Between Civicness and Authoritarianism  Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski  11. Visions of the Authoritarian Past in Citizenship Education Policies and Practices in Spain and Portugal  Pedro D. Ferreira, Andreia Caetano, Mariana Rodrigues, Carina C. Lopes, Sofia C. Pais, Helena C. Araújo and Isabel Menezes  Part V: Conclusion  12. Concluding Remarks: Object of Participation Policies, Subject of Political Participation?  Tatjana Zimenkova and Reinhold Hedtke


    Reinhold Hedtke is Dean of the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University.

    Tatjana Zimenkova is Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Faculty for Sociology, Bielefeld University.