Proposal Title

Educating for the Development of Active Citizens: The Experiences of a Selected Group of Jamaican Teachers

Proposal Abstract

An education system aimed at developing active citizens in a democratic society must move beyond the acquisition of content knowledge to the application of cognitive, social and emotional skills and the fostering of positive attitudes and values. This presentation discusses the experiences and reflections of eighteen teachers as facilitators in promoting the development of active citizens in their school environment and the wider community. It analyses the key dimensions of learning to become active citizens and examines the constraints and possibilities in fostering active citizens. Attendees will be involved in an interactive, participatory session in which they will apply the key dimensions of learning to their lives, analyse their stage of development as active citizens and their role in promoting active citizenry. The lessons learnt are that many of the learning processes for active citizenry began informally through early socio-cultural, economic and political experiences and that for the formal education system influences the development of active citizens.

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Room 2903

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 12th, 3:00 PM Mar 12th, 3:45 PM

Educating for the Development of Active Citizens: The Experiences of a Selected Group of Jamaican Teachers

Room 2903

An education system aimed at developing active citizens in a democratic society must move beyond the acquisition of content knowledge to the application of cognitive, social and emotional skills and the fostering of positive attitudes and values. This presentation discusses the experiences and reflections of eighteen teachers as facilitators in promoting the development of active citizens in their school environment and the wider community. It analyses the key dimensions of learning to become active citizens and examines the constraints and possibilities in fostering active citizens. Attendees will be involved in an interactive, participatory session in which they will apply the key dimensions of learning to their lives, analyse their stage of development as active citizens and their role in promoting active citizenry. The lessons learnt are that many of the learning processes for active citizenry began informally through early socio-cultural, economic and political experiences and that for the formal education system influences the development of active citizens.