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Kerry J. Kennedy

In: The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy

Chapter 37: The Citizenship Curriculum: Ideology, Content and Organization

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The Citizenship Curriculum: Ideology, Content and Organization
The citizenship curriculum: Ideology, content and organization
Kerry J.Kennedy
Introduction

Citizenship education can be found as a component of the school curriculum in most nations but the priority afforded it in curriculum terms varies from nation to nation and even within nations. Thus in the US, jurisdictional authority rests with the thousands of school districts while in Australia it rests with the eight sub-national authorities that have responsibility for education. In the European Union a similar situation exists so that attempts to educate for ‘European citizenship’, while initiated by the European Commission, inevitably rely for successful implementation on the member states. It is only where there are unitary systems of government such as England, France, New Zealand and the People's Republic ...

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