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Educating citizens for participatory democracy: A case study of local government education policy in Pelotas, Brazil
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International Journal of Educational Development Volume 26, Number 5, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

A case study was undertaken of Pelotas, a large town in southern Brazil, where a recent government of the Workers’ Party (PT) implemented a range of social policy reforms. The study draws on interviews with key members of the Municipal Secretariat of Education and policy documents, analyzing them in relation to theoretical literature on citizenship and education. The Pelotas approach is seen to be distinctive for its emphasis on active political participation as a citizen's right and as a means to social justice for all. The local government also places a higher value on critical and autonomous attitudes towards the authorities than on cultivating allegiance to the municipality or nation-state.

Citation

McCowan, T. (2006). Educating citizens for participatory democracy: A case study of local government education policy in Pelotas, Brazil. International Journal of Educational Development, 26(5), 456-470. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2005.09.011

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