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ALTERIDAD.Revista de Educación

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FERREIRA-KOEHLER, Sonia María; PEREIRA-ANTONIO DOS SANTOS, Georgiano Joaquim  and  DE SOUZA-CORREA, Caique Felipe. Teenagers at school: reflection groups upon the practice of citizenship. Alteridad [online]. 2021, vol.16, n.2, pp.249-260. ISSN 1390-8642.

This experience report titled as “Teenagers at school: reflection groups upon the practice of citizenship” was characterized by a research-action and it seeks to demonstrate and to discuss the process of a think tank with adolescents as an interventionist alternative. This work is presented with the goal to encourage the exercise of an active citizenship at school and in other fields of the daily life. The study was carried out in 2019, with high school students of both sexes and with ages between 14 and 17 years, and took place in a public school in a city located in the interior of the State of São Paulo/Brazil. Five groups were structured and composed by a maximum of twenty students, who signed up voluntarily and were mediated by two facilitators that derived from the Psychology field. In this report we will describe the experience of a single group which topics about humanities and its challenges were discussed, such as self-knowledge, the role of school in society, family relations, health, gender relations, inequality, racism, injustice. The themes proposed by the students themselves provoked and favored the articulation of new knowledge about daily difficulties, enabling the application of learning at school and in another context.

Keywords : Empowerment; human development; citizenship education; student participation; youth participation; educational psychology.

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