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Education for Democratic Citizenship in Australia
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 ...

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