Call for Chapters: Effective Practice of Adult-Youth Engagement in Social and Environmental Justice

Posted by on October 28, 2005

[posted from Community Based Participatory Research listserv]

Call for Proposed Chapters for a Book on:

Effective Practice of Adult-Youth Engagement in Social and Environmental Justice

It is truly difficult to make a democracy…
It is not what I say that says I am a democrat,
that I am not racist or machista,
but what I do
Paulo Freire (1998, p. 67)


This book will propose that youth and adults should work together, and learn from and with each other to develop a common vision of social and environmental justice, and be engaged as part of a community working toward that vision. Capacity building in social and environmental issues in education should not only focus on youth and youth leadership, but also on the ability to move beyond the ?adult as expert? model of interactions to develop collaborative relationships between adults and youth. This book will include chapters that examine examples of effective practice, address issues of teacher-student or adult-youth relationships, and explore how practice can either promote or limit democratic and dialogic partnerships. Drawing from international perspectives, it is hoped this book will introduce a wide variety of theoretical and practical approaches for understanding effective practice in developing youth leadership in social and environmental justice, while offering a place for sharing experiences that create comfort and insights for adults and youth to explore and expand their engagement with community activism.

We are looking for international experiences, narratives, theoretical approaches and encourage alternative forms of expression, such as poetic work. Submissions should address one of the following objectives and/or relate to one of the proposed themes.

1. To document effective practices of adult-youth engagement in democratic decision-making using a framework of dialogic leadership.
2. To develop strong theoretical frameworks for adult participation with youth in bringing about democratic changes in communities.
3. To promote dialogue amongst practitioners working with youth.
4. To create spaces for adults to see possibilities, potential and implications of moving beyond transmission model of teaching about social and environmental justice issues.
5. To create comfort for educators to explore how to bring social and environmental justice into everyday practice working with youth in ways that encourage joint learning.


? A 500-word abstract for your proposed chapter will need to be submitted by November 15th, 2005. This should be accompanied by a 50-75-word biography.
? All authors will be informed of the outcome of their proposals by the end of January 2006.
? The accepted chapter will be needed for submission by the end of May 2006.

Please submit abstracts and biography in .txt, .rtf, .wpd or .doc format.

For more information, or to submit an abstract, contact:

Dr. Alison Sammel, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
(306) 585 4538
[email protected]

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