London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Deliberative education – ideas and prospects

Author(s) Wesołowska, E. & Sołoma, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2014  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education  
Age group -  
A major part of civic education at school is devoted to presenting knowledge on political and social issues with the purpose of teaching students to make informed political decisions. This idea of teaching is in line with the representative version of democracy, with the citizen playing the role of passive voter. Yet, if democracy is to sustain itself, a more active, involved and participatory conception of citizenship is required. The first section of this paper presents the idea of deliberative education as a tool for fostering advanced democratic skills of future citizens and analyses the psychological feasibility of such an education (with the use of the developmental theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky). The second section is devoted to presenting educational tools and examples that could be a part of deliberative education.

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