How research into citizenship education at university might enable transformative human rights education

Von Berg, Piers (2023) How research into citizenship education at university might enable transformative human rights education. Human Rights Education Review. ISSN 2535-5406

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This article presents a new research design for pedagogical research at university. The design demonstrates how personal and cultural citizenship education can be a form of transformative human rights education by nurturing citizens who challenge patterns of exclusion. It draws on shared traditions of citizenship and human rights education that have focused on lived experiences of injustice and uses spaces that mitigate prevailing power structures. These ideas have shaped a new pedagogical action research design that uses theories andpractices of transformational learning, authentic reflection, and participatory theatre to stimulate ‘becomings’ in civic identity and agency. ‘Becoming’ is a form of dialogical knowledge arising from profound moments of empathy and solidarity. In these moments participants recognise the human dignity of excluded others and share experiences of injustice, which expands their sense of community and agency. The research design is a potential alternative to more market-driven global citizenship education at university.

Item Type: Article
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3 May 2023Accepted
5 June 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civic identity and agency, higher education, pedagogical research, personal and cultural citizenship education, transformative human rights education
Subjects: CAH16 - law > CAH16-01 - law > CAH16-01-01 - law
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 15:26
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 15:27

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