Teaching and Learning Democracy: Collaborative Development of Courses on Citizenship

Abstract

How can educators work together to enhance work on democracy and citizenship? This paper analyses the trajectory and dynamics of the Teaching and Learning (T&L) group, an initiative that brought together educators from seven countries to address the challenges of developing and delivering courses on citizenship and democratising teaching and learning environments. Part of the Citizenship DRC, a wider research consortium that examined the dynamics of citizen participation in diverse contexts, the T&L group centred on peer-to-peer reflection, learning and support. Its innovative ways of working and success in developing a wide range of courses and trainings challenge expert-driven models of pedagogical development. They also point to the importance of transnational collaborations in enhancing curricula, courses and teaching methods that effectively support both learning about democracy and citizenship, and democratic teaching capacities.

Citation

D. Kahane and B. von Lieres. Teaching and Learning Democracy: Collaborative Development of Courses on Citizenship. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK (2011) 53 pp. ISBN 978 1 85864 984 6

Teaching and Learning Democracy: Collaborative Development of Courses on Citizenship

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