Creating young, active citizens: How well is New Zealand doing?
Event type: Seminars10 May 2017 from 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
The past two decades have seen a growing interest in civics and citizenship education across much of the western world.
The Road Ahead Seminar Series
Presenter: Dr Bronwyn Wood
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education
The past two decades have seen a growing interest in civics and citizenship education across much of the western world. This has beendriven by concerns in falling political participation rates, fears of loss of social cohesion in an increasingly diverse society and the complexity of many environmental, economic and social issues. In response, many social policy and education initiatives have promoted new forms of more ‘active’ citizenship in order to equip the next generation with understandings and skills to address these social concerns. 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.
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. In April she 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.