Civic Learning, Democratic Citizenship and the Public Sphere

  • Gert Biesta
  • Maria De Bie
  • Danny Wildemeersch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Theory

  3. Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Carmen Mathijssen, Danny Wildemeersch
      Pages 91-105
    3. Rudi Roose, Maria Bouverne-De Bie, Griet Roets
      Pages 107-121
  4. Research

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-214

About this book


This books explores the relationships between learning, democratic citizenship and the public sphere from thee interconnected angles: theory, methodology and research. The main message of the book is that civic learning necessarily has a public character, as it is learning that emerges from engagement in democratic processes and practices that occur both at the centre and the margins of society. Through a combination of theoretical development, methodological reflection and empirical case study, the chapters in the book provide new insights in the complexities of learning in the context of the ongoing struggle for democracy.


children's rights education civic learning complexities of learning democracy in social work democratic learning learning, democratic citizenship and the public sphere methodological reflection social learning and democratic citizenship socialisation and subjectification socializing civil society theoretical development theory, methodology and research

Editors and affiliations

  • Gert Biesta
    • 1
  • Maria De Bie
    • 2
  • Danny Wildemeersch
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and EducationUniversity of LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourg
  2. 2.Dept. of Social Welfare StudiesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Laboratory for Education and SocietyUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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