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Citizenship and Civic Education

Citizenship has a number of different potential meanings, ranging from a person’s legal status within a country to his or her civil, political, or social standing within a community, to the set of behaviors that represent a particular ideal of civic virtue. Civic education is hence an equally broad concept. It can cover solely the specific rights and duties of legal citizens, but usually it is used more capaciously to indicate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that children are expected to learn to be virtuous and civically productive members of society. Citizenship and civic education are key concepts in the philosophy of education because their meanings, aims, and practices are so contested, both among philosophers and among actors on the ground, such as parents, educators, ...

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