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Creating young, active citizens: How well is New Zealand doing?
May 10, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
10th May 2017 5:30pm to 2017 6:30pm
Hunter Lecture Theatre 323, Hunter Building, Level 2, Kelburn Parade.
How are young people responding to these initiatives? And how well is New Zealand doing in creating space for young citizens to participate?
The Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Faculty of Education Seminar Series.
The past two decades have seen a growing interest in civics and citizenship education across much of the western world, driven by growing concerns in falling political participation rates, fears of loss of social cohesion in an increasingly diverse society and the rise of seemingly intractable issues of environment, economic and social sustainability. In response, many social policy and education initiatives have centred on promoting new forms of more ‘active citizenship’ in order to equip the next generation with the understanding’s and skills to embrace these ‘wicked’ problems. How are young people responding to these initiatives? And how well is New Zealand doing in creating space for young citizens to participate? This presentation draws on eight years of research into diverse New Zealand young people’s active citizenship experiences during their schooling years. It will compare New Zealand with other nations and examine emerging challenges and opportunities facing young citizens today.
For more information contact: Deborah Levy 04 463 5305
Dr Bronwyn E. Wood is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sociology, geography and education and centre on issues relating to youth participation, citizenship and education. She has just completed a two year project investigating how teachers and students are interpreting and implementing the new NCEA ‘social action’ Achievement Standards and begins a further three year study into how young people gain a sense of belonging and citizenship in super diverse communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.