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Stephen Gorard & Vanita Sundaram

In: The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy

Chapter 6: Equity and its Relationship to Citizenship Education

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Equity and its Relationship to Citizenship Education
Equity and its relationship to citizenship education
StephenGorard and VanitaSundaram

In this chapter, we will argue that greater attention to equity in educational systems is important, and suggest ways in which equity can be enhanced - particularly from the perspective of pupils in schools. We start by outlining some ideas about what equity entails, then why equity is important in education, why we might wish to listen more carefully to the views of pupils, and conclude with some examples of the views of pupils about equity, and their implications for school systems.

What is Equity?

‘Equity’ in the sense used in this chapter can represent two related ideas. First, equity is used as a synonym for the terms ‘fair’ and ‘fairness’. It ...

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