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Education for democratic citizenship in Malawian secondary schools: balancing student voice and adult privilege

Namphande, Peter, Clarke, Linda, Farren, Sean and McCully, Alan (2017) Education for democratic citizenship in Malawian secondary schools: balancing student voice and adult privilege. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Online . pp. 1-19. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057925.2016.1278356

DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2016.1278356


In countries that embraced democracy after the fall of communism, education became a particular focus for policy change, particularly within their citizenship programmes. Schools that had been used to inculcate obedience to and unfailing support for authoritarian regimes were now being required to adopt citizenship programmes incorporating democratic values. This paper reports a study in Malawi that explored the school as a location where democratic citizenship is practiced. Using a multiple case study approach in three different kinds of secondary schools to explore students’ participation in school affairs, the study found that different forms of participation were being encouraged, with each school apparently socialising students to distinctive kinds of citizenship roles. The paper highlights a conflict between democratic values and traditional roles of schools leading to new and hybrid school cultures. Providing scope for student voice to be heard can lead to tensions and paradoxical practices.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Citizenship education, Malawian secondary schools, democracy, social studies, student participation, student voice
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:37120
Deposited By: Professor Linda Clarke
Deposited On:17 Mar 2017 13:44
Last Modified:02 Sep 2018 22:23

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