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Chapter 38: Organizing a Curriculum for Active Citizenship Education
Heater and Oliver (1994) set challenging goals for the outcomes of citizenship education. Our pupils should be able to:
- actively practise ‘civic virtue and good citizenship’;
- enjoy - but not exploit - civil and political rights;
- contribute to and receive social and economic benefits;
- not discriminate against others;
- experience non-exclusive multiple citizenship; and
- teach citizenship to others.
(derived from 1994: 6)
In considering what we should include in the citizenship curriculum, and how we should organize and order this into a coherent and logical structure that will achieve these outcomes, we might turn to a pioneer writer on citizenship, Aristotle, on the purposes of education:
In modern times there are opposing views about the tasks to be set, for there ...