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Vocabularies of citizenship: a survey of British Columbian secondary students' experiences and understandings in the field of citizenship education

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dc.contributor.author Elbert, Jamie
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-03T15:45:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-03T15:45:00Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-01-03
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8938
dc.description.abstract Beginning in earnest in the 1990s, research and political communities have taken a strong interest in citizenship education both in Canada and worldwide, but in the context of secondary schools this has resulted in primarily theoretical papers rather than empirical analyses of student experiences. The student voice is particularly important to the study of citizenship education given the complexity of constructed civic subjectivities and the rapidly changing definitions of community, including the relationships between local, national and global. Canada has been characterized as post-national or even without identity, and its young people are caught up in the persisting narrative of young apathy when it comes to politics and civic duty. Drawing on theories of national and global citizenship, this exploratory mixed methods study of 104 British Columbian secondary students investigates student vocabularies of citizenship in order to map current youth understandings of citizenship and experiences in their secondary education. In discussing the results, I challenge the narratives of Canada as a meaningless signifier and youth as apathetic, and investigate scholarly concerns regarding the depoliticization of citizenship, and the potential conflict inherent to the globalization of youth identities. Finally, I discuss best practices in citizenship education with reference to established scholarly research and the student-based findings of the present study. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject citizenship education en_US
dc.subject secondary students en_US
dc.subject mixed methods en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Canadian en_US
dc.subject civic subjectivity en_US
dc.title Vocabularies of citizenship: a survey of British Columbian secondary students' experiences and understandings in the field of citizenship education en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Code, Jillianne
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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