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Educ. Sci. 2012, 2(3), 150-164; doi:10.3390/educsci2030150
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Citizenship Education through an Ability Expectation and “Ableism” Lens: The Challenge of Science and Technology and Disabled People

Received: 1 March 2012; in revised form: 20 June 2012 / Accepted: 23 August 2012 / Published: 5 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Civics and Citizenship in Its Global Context)
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Abstract: Citizenship education has been debated for some time and has faced various challenges over time. This paper introduces the lens of “ableism” and ability expectations to the citizenship education discourse. The author contends that the cultural dynamic of ability expectations and ableism (not only expecting certain abilities, but also perceiving certain abilities as essential) was one factor that has and will continue to shape citizenship and citizenship education. It focuses on three areas of citizenship education: (a) active citizenship; (b) citizenship education for a diverse population; and (c) global citizenship. It covers two ability-related challenges, namely: disabled people, who are often seen as lacking expected species-typical body abilities, and, advances of science and technology that generate new abilities. The author contends that the impact of ability expectations and ableism on citizenship and citizenship education, locally and in a globalized world, is an important and under-researched area.
Keywords: globalization; glocalization; ableism; ability expectations; citizenship education; disabled people globalization; glocalization; ableism; ability expectations; citizenship education; disabled people
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Wolbring, G. Citizenship Education through an Ability Expectation and “Ableism” Lens: The Challenge of Science and Technology and Disabled People. Educ. Sci. 2012, 2, 150-164.

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Wolbring G. Citizenship Education through an Ability Expectation and “Ableism” Lens: The Challenge of Science and Technology and Disabled People. Education Sciences. 2012; 2(3):150-164.

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Wolbring, Gregor. 2012. "Citizenship Education through an Ability Expectation and “Ableism” Lens: The Challenge of Science and Technology and Disabled People." Educ. Sci. 2, no. 3: 150-164.


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