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Organizing a Curriculum for Active Citizenship Education
Organizing a curriculum for active citizenship education
Curriculum Considerations

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 ...

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