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Chapter 14: Citizenship Education in Israel: A Contested Terrain
The purpose of this chapter is to provide an over view of how young people are prepared for citizenship in Israel, of the forces involved in shaping the political world of Israeli youngsters, and of the outcomes of citizenship education.
Civic knowledge is gained from a great variety of sources (Niemi and Junn, 1998; Torney-Purta et al., 2001). My point of departure is that the nature and content of educational influences concerning citizenship are structured by the various social contexts to which youngsters belong both inside and outside schools. This means that individual behaviors and attitudes are seen as partially contingent upon those of other individuals. Thus, civic orientations and knowledge of individual ...