Moving beyond idealistically narrow discourses in citizenship education

Gustavo Fischman, Eric Haas

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The main goal of this article is to provide conceptual guidelines to move the pedagogical debate in the field of citizenship education beyond idealistically narrow models. We begin by providing an overview of key shortcomings presented in most citizenship education programs, specifically in the United States of America. The second section presents the conceptual perspective of embodied cognition to discuss the prevalent metaphors and prototypes related to the notion of 'the nation as a family' commonly used in understanding citizenship education. The third and final section concludes with a set of suggestions for reconceptualizing the field of citizenship education using the tools of embodied cognition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-402
Number of pages16
JournalPolicy Futures in Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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