Сommunication potential of student youth civic competence development

  • Iryna Zhadan ISPP
Keywords: civic competence; identification; meanings; civic competence; identification; meanings; practices; communication


The article presents the analysis of the results of the communication practices of youth civic self-identification in the context of the development of competent civic behavior. It explicates the meanings of the youth communication practices which hinder and often prevent civic competence development. It also determines the circumstances which are favorable for transformation of those meanings into desirable (possible, ideal) ones. It has been proved that civic competence formation is hindered by: a) value meanings of civic participation which are not reflected (what do I, the community and the state need it for?); b) youth representations of the current developments and actuality of the senses of individualization as opposed to identification; c) non-articulated goals of youth civic participation (what exactly can I change in my own life and in the performance of the state?), which hinders the construction of the prognostic models of civic participation and its results for the students don’t see opportunities for self-realization in their own state; d) restricted character of meanings which represent instrumental aspects of civic self-identification; e) externality of youth who articulate desire to change and control their lives and at the same time shift the responsibility onto authorities without experiencing any cognitive dissonance; youth practicing myths of stability and justice in their electoral choice in particular;  schematic and discrete character of the meanings of responsibility, participatory interaction, and well-being, which are articulated as metaphor -pattern  without analysis of the determinants, means, forms and consequences. The author determines the communication resources which can be involved in the construction of the meanings of civic participation that provide for competent civic behavior, as well as models the communicative situations which stimulate transformation of the metaphorical components of the communication practices of youth civic self-identification.