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Handbook of Civic Engagement and Education

9781800376946 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Richard Desjardins, University of California Los Angeles, US and Susan Wiksten, European Institute of Education and Social Policy, France
Publication Date: December 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 694 6 Extent: c 336 pp
Underscoring the complex relationship between civic engagement and education at all stages of life, this innovative Handbook identifies the contemporary challenges and best approaches and practices to encourage civic engagement within education.

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Underscoring the complex relationship between civic engagement and education at all stages of life, this innovative Handbook identifies the contemporary challenges and best approaches and practices to encourage civic engagement within education.

Chapters cover the theoretical and historical background of civic engagement and education, ideological and social movements, civic oriented education, curriculum, and outcomes. Using empirical comparative data and unique context-specific studies, the Handbook explores ecopedagogy, education in emergencies, and the novel concept of social contract pedagogy. Addressing contemporary challenges to civic engagement in education, it examines polarization and extremism, accelerating planetary and societal changes, environmental crises, the digital divide, and post-Covid civic education. Ultimately, it finds that civic engagement is best supported by education practices that are characterized by humanizing, negotiated, collaborative, and dialogical approaches which encourage students to develop civic knowledge, critical thinking skills, and moral and ethical values.

Interdisciplinary and international in scope, this Handbook will prove vital to students and scholars of sociology and education studies. Its holistic understanding of how civic engagement and education interrelate at local, regional, and global levels will also be useful to policymakers concerned with improving civic and student support, engagement, and participation in education.
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‘A thought-provoking and significant contribution to the thinking on civic engagement and education that successfully integrates empirical knowledge with sophisticated theoretical perspectives. The editors should be congratulated for assembling such a stellar collection of authors. This book is an indispensable source for established scholars as well as students new to the field.’
– Kjell Rubenson, University of British Columbia, Canada

‘Since the Enlightenment, education’s influence on citizenship has been a constant topic of policy debate, theoretical reflection and empirical research. As well as taking stock of our current understanding, this stimulating, interdisciplinary collection by outstanding scholars sheds new light on this complex relationship in a changing and often challenging global context.’
– John Field, University of Stirling, UK
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Contributors include: David E. Campbell, Ralph Carstens, Phyllis A. Cummins, Richard Desjardins, Jason Nunzio Dorio, Kathlyn Elliot, Irina Golubeva, Tessa Eriksen Grevle, Sondra Hale, Yuqing Hou, Syed Nitas Iftekhar, Jan Germen Janmaat, Eva Kosberg, Jan Löfström, Trent McBride, Brian McCommons, Xavier Mellet, Greg William Misiaszek, Raymond A. Morrow, Tricia Niesz, Najat Ouakrim-Soivio, Amy Pojar, Wonmai Punksungka, Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Wolfram Schulz, Jeff Share, Aline Zero Soares, Andrew Swindell, Veronika Thalhammer, Hanna Toiviainen, Carlos Alberto Torres, Elina Weiste, Susan Wiksten, Takashi Yamashita
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