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The role of education in a democracy: continuing the debate

Leach, Tony ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1021-6361, Collet-Sabé, Jordi ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8526-9997, Tort Bardolet, Antoni ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3064-8137, Simó Gil, Núria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4218-8801 and Clarke, Matthew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4693-248X (2023) The role of education in a democracy: continuing the debate. Oxford Review of Education. pp. 1-15.

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At a time when there are renewed expressions of concern about how our societies are organised and the health of our democracies, this paper focuses on the role of education in a democracy. Informed by John Dewey’s and Martin Buber’s accounts of what it is to be educated, and Homi Bhabha’s concept of third space work, the paper presents the case for a progressive education for democratic citizenship. Adopting an ethnologically-informed approach, the paper provides an in-depth look at two Catalan and two English schools, focussing on the ways in which they look to provide a democracy enabling education. The findings reveal how and why mutual cooperation, collaboration and dialogue in relationships are key elements in the modelling of an education for democratic citizenship.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2023.2239702
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/8510

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