Critical Pedagogy for Civic and Social Responsibility
In this paper, I will share how I try to incorporate social issues in relation to citizenship and social responsibility in three different university courses: First Year Experience course, Perspective: Educational Philosophy and Planning, and Human Rights for Educated Citizen. In these courses, social issues and responsibility are researched and discussed from lifelong learning perspective. Among students’ interests, the issues are chosen to be learned and discussed. Topics often included are environment, human rights, corporation responsibility, and their connection in the context of educated person. In our college, the concept of educated person is critical when we discuss lifelong learning, not limited to formal education. As a citizen, how can we keep learning, and learning becomes part of life habit. The way these courses are developed based on our college educational value (to let students develop their own concept of what means to be educated person) in variety of learning environment (formal, vocational, adult, and community). As a college within the university, we believe that this style of teaching leads to the future of the university: its links to work, citizenship and identity.
Keywords: Critical Pedagogy, Social Responsibility
Dr. Megumi Yamasaki
Assistant Professor, Individualized & Interdisciplinary Studies, Metropolitan State University