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Educational Commons

Democratic Values, Social Justice and Inclusion in Education

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  • Provides a theoretical framework and empirical evidence in the emerging field of the educational commons
  • Offers case studies implemented in different contexts with suggestions for future educational activities
  • Presents a solid knowledge for future policymaking in the field of education and social policies
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This open access book presents the final findings from the case studies developed within the Horizon 2020 SMOOTH project Educational Spaces. Passing through Enclosures and Reversing Inequalities through Educational Commons. The overall objective of the project was to understand, develop, and accelerate the potential impact of education on reversing inequalities for active social inclusion of children and young people at risk in Europe, through introducing the emergent paradigm of the “commons” as an alternative value and action system in the field of education (preschools, schools, and after-school programs). SMOOTH critically draws out the implications of the commons for refiguring education and for social change in general, on a footing of equality, sharing, participation, togetherness, caring, and freedom. Universities, research laboratories, municipalities, NGOs, museums, and youth organizations, in different European countries, have worked together to achieve the aboveaim involving almost 200 educators and teachers, and 800 children, and providing interesting insights and suggestions on how to implement educational commons in many different educational contexts. The target audience comprises policymakers and education leaders, students from Education and Communication degrees, researchers, and educators from both formal and non-formal educational contexts.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Educational Commons in Formal Educational Settings

  2. Educational Commons in Non-formal Educational Settings

  3. Educational Commons in Mixed Educational Settings

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dipartimento di Scienze Psicologiche, Pedagogiche, dell’Esercizio Fisico e della Formazione, Università di Palermo, Palermo, Italy

    Gianna Cappello

  • Dipartimento Culture e Società, Università di Palermo, Palermo, Italy

    Marianna Siino

  • Institute of Education, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

    Natália Fernandes

  • Departament de Comunicació, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

    Mittzy Arciniega-Caceres

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Educational Commons

  • Book Subtitle: Democratic Values, Social Justice and Inclusion in Education

  • Editors: Gianna Cappello, Marianna Siino, Natália Fernandes, Mittzy Arciniega-Caceres

  • Series Title: UNIPA Springer Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-51836-2Published: 10 April 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-51839-3Due: 11 May 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-51837-9Published: 09 April 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2366-7516

  • Series E-ISSN: 2366-7524

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 255

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Education, general, Educational Policy and Politics, Sociology of Education

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