On Democracy and Critical Citizenship

By Arturo Rodriguez.

Published by The Learner Collection

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In this essay I fuse narrative, social critique and critical understandings of schooling. Across the writing I argue for an increased critical awareness of print and other forms of news media. For the purposes of this paper I propose two major arguments that support critical awareness, they are: knowing what it means to be an informed citizen and practicing a critical democratic citizenship. As a springboard for discussing the major themes I review how print and other news media are used as propaganda and how a seemingly literate populace more easily accepts what are understood as social norms.

Keywords: Schooling, Learning, Critical Theory, Democratic Citizenship

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.331-344. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.292MB).

Dr. Arturo Rodriguez

Assistant Professor, Department of Bilingual Education, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA

Arturo Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at Boise State University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Bilingual Education and is an advisor for student teachers. His research and teaching interests include: Intercultural and democratic education; language and literacy acquisition; bilingualism and biliteracy; literacy and bilingual education; district, state and federal school language policy; inquiry and research design and methodology.


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