Creative Learning Pathways to Better Democracy

The CANDIICE Project researches and develops creative and inclusive teaching methods to enhance understanding of democracy. Across five countries we are developing innovative and creative learning approaches, working in widely varying contexts and with learners of different ages. The following questions have shaped our work: Which are the best creative and affective learning activities to inspire active, democratic citizenship? What new learning pathways emerge from digital technologies? How can creative and affective activities make citizenship education more accessible and inclusive? How can we train, guide and support teachers in their use? Most citizenship education across Europe was developed before the impact of social media on democratic processes was recognised. Some commentators suggest that liberal, plural democracy is under existential threat from the ascendancy of social media driven populism. We argue that a fundamental rethinking of education for democratic citizenship is now urgent.The CANDIICE Project will make a significant contribution to the debate about aims, values and methods of citizenship education and provide new methodologies. This paper presents our interim findings after working with these issues and questions for one academic year in contrasting national contexts. Different aspects of the work have been developed in UK, France, Portugal, Germany, and Croatia. We hope that CANDIICE will provide the first extensive collection of affective, creative, and inclusive learning methodologies which directly address the widely perceived crisis in democratic engagement across Europe.

Classroom, Pedagogy, Creative, Learning, Affective, Democratic, Citizenship, Inclusion, Teacher, Training

2020 Special Focus - Against the Grain: Arts and the Crisis of Democracy

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Adam Newman Turner
    • Consultant, International Projects, School Development Support Agency, United Kingdom United Kingdom