Australian schools as deliberative spaces: Framing the goal of active and informed citizenship

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Educating for active and informed citizenship represents a core goal of Australian education and schooling. Owing to a range of factors – including the contested conceptual nature of citizenship and democracy – there is reason to question the extent to which this goal is being translated into practice. Similarly, while the Australian Curriculum requires students to engage with others in talk, this is framed rather broadly. Recognising the value of greater conceptual precision about citizenship, democracy and discursive interactions, this paper explores the value of deliberative democracy as a frame for active and informed citizenship. In doing so it argues that viewing schools as deliberative spaces which do/could engage in deliberative pedagogies provides a useful and focused basis for conceiving how young Australians do and can engage in, and learn, the capacities necessary for democratic citizenship.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-39
Number of pages16
JournalThe Curriculum Journal
Issue number1
Early online date19 Jan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2019


  • Deliberation, democracy, citizenship, deliberative pedagogies, deliberative spaces, deliberative democracy