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David Kerr, Alan Smith & Christine Twine

In: The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy

Chapter 19: Citizenship Education in the United Kingdom

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Citizenship Education in the United Kingdom
Citizenship education in the united kingdom
DavidKerr, AlanSmith and ChristineTwine
Introduction

The United Kingdom (UK) is not one but four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Writing a chapter on citizenship education in the UK is, therefore, challenging. While the last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in citizenship education and its inclusion as a priority in education policy-making and practice in all four countries, there remains considerable divergence in philosophy, approach and intent. Though the overall aims for citizenship education are similar, the policies and practices being developed in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are distinctive, and increasingly diverse, influenced by the history, culture and education context of each country.

This chapter explores the reasons for these similarities and ...

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