Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, Vol 5, No 2 (2011)

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Toward enhanced democratic learning spaces: A case study from the Republic of Ireland

Timothy Murphy


This paper explores the potential of the Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry as a methodological approach for the promotion of participants’ independent thinking skills as well as enhancing their active citizenship capacities. Its relevance for the present educational landscape will be considered. It offers a set of procedures and ground rules to structure safe spaces for dialogue and enquiry about global issues and perspectives focusing on interdependence.  The essential characteristics of the approach as developed in the context of this paper will be explored, as well as its implementation in the context of a Masters in Education course at the University of Limerick.

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