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Chapter 8: Education for Democratic Citizenship in Australia
Despite an enduring belief that the Australian system of government created by the constitution makers has functioned effectively as a robust, stable and successful constitutional democracy, the need for learning about democratic citizenship in schools achieved remarkable consensus in the 1990s (CEG, 1994; Kemp, 1997; Kennedy, 1997; Erebus, 1999; Print, 1999). The research evidence indicates that need remains today.
Concern at the lack of provision for education for democratic citizenship, and a commensurate dearth of civic and democratic understanding by young citizens, has been evident for some time in Australia (CEG, 1994). There is also a clear problem in Australia, particularly within democratic education that links the educative endeavour to the practice of democracy. Relative to ...