Reflections on how education can be for democracy in the twenty-first century

Anne Aly, Jill Blackmore, David Bright, Debra Hayes, Amanda Heffernan, Bob Lingard, Stewart Riddle, Keita Takayama, Deborah Youdell

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This paper is one of two that bring together a range of education scholars to consider how education might be for democracy in a time of complex challenges facing twenty-first century societies. In this paper, scholars from Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom consider how sites of formal and informal education can respond to multiple unfolding crises, including the COVID-19 global pandemic, catastrophic climate change and ecological collapse, political upheaval, and growing social and economic inequality. What emerges is a wide-ranging set of reflections that engage with these complexities and challenges in a considered and hopeful way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-372
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Educational Administration and History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • democratic institutions
  • Education for democracy
  • public education
  • social inequality

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