Power, politics and pedagogy : community organising and citizenship education

Jerome, Lee and Bhargava, Marcus (2012) Power, politics and pedagogy : community organising and citizenship education. In: Creating Communities : Local, National and Global : Fourteenth Conference of the Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network; 24-26 May 2012, York, U.K..


In this paper we explore how student teachers’ participation in grassroots community organising groups may help to enhance teacher education programmes for Citizenship. In order to do this, we draw from the experiences and research projects of seven student teachers who participated in a community organising group and produced assignments related to critical analysis of their participation. In order to address the central question, we analyse the students’ assignments, identifying key assumptions that underpin their accounts of their work, and examine the insights they gained into the nature of facilitating active citizenship through school-based citizenship education programmes. We conclude by identifying an agenda for us as teacher educators to ensure such experiences can be used most effectively.

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