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Youth citizenship : representations and meanings De Melo Maia, Angélica Araújo


This paper proposes a categorization of different approaches to youth citizenship. Considering distinct research orientations on the topic and reflecting on the description of pedagogical experiences involving citizenship education, three framings of youth citizenship are identified: a developmental approach, a critical approach and a process-based one. Each of these framings is discussed in the paper while concepts and relations are proposed in order to suggest how aspects such as conceptions of youth, the definition and scope of citizenship, agency, experience, identity, pedagogical strategies and instances towards youth-adult collaboration are framed in each of the different approaches. The ultimate goal is to provide a coherent analytical frame that can be used in future research and inform recommendations for better pedagogical practices in the field of youth citizenship education.

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