Citizenship Education

Citizenship Education

  • Summary
  • Overview
  • Key Readings

This 4 volume set brings together key articles from the political and educational literature, providing theoretical discussion and extracts from research reports in citizenship and citizenship education.

The first volume focuses on historical and philosophical material. Volume two examines the purposes of citizenship education, including arguments for particular aspects such as ‘race’, class, gender or broader matters such as justice and equality. The third volume describes and discusses particular forms of education that relate strongly and directly to citizenship education, e.g. global education, character education, political education, moral education, social education). Volume four focuses on material about socialisation, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.

Throughout the 4 volumes key themes are highlighted:

– What is the nature of citizenship and citizenship education?; – Why is citizenship education promoted?; – Where does citizenship education occur?; – Who is citizenship education for and how does it affect learners and others?

Editors' Introduction

JamesArthur and IanDavies

A Brief Overview of the Nature of Citizenship Education

No collection of articles, however large, will be comprehensive in its coverage of citizenship education. Citizenship education is controversial and contested, its subject matter is drawn from a very wide range of sources and perspectives and it is a highly significant part of what schools and other educational institutions are centrally concerned with. Its many and various connections to notions of the ‘good society’ mean that it is subject to frequent change. Given the enormously important and dynamic characterisations that reflect the various forms of citizenship education, we are not claiming in this introduction and in the provision of the articles that are contained within these four volumes to do more than sketch ...

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