The SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy brings together new work by some of the leading authorities on citizenship education, and is divided into five sections. The first section deals with key ideas about citizenship education including democracy, rights, globalization and equity. Section two contains a wide range of national case studies of citizenship education including African, Asian, Australian, European and North and South American examples. The third section focuses on perspectives about citizenship education with discussions about key areas such as sustainable development, anti-racism, and gender. Section four provides insights into different characterizations of citizenship education with illustrations of democratic schools, peace and conflict education, global education, human rights education etc. The final section provides a series of chapters on the pedagogy of citizenship education with discussions about curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.

Citizenship Education in Israel: A Contested Terrain

Citizenship Education in Israel: A Contested Terrain

Citizenship education in israel: A contested terrain


The purpose of this chapter is to provide an over view of how young people are prepared for citizenship in Israel, of the forces involved in shaping the political world of Israeli youngsters, and of the outcomes of citizenship education.

Civic knowledge is gained from a great variety of sources (Niemi and Junn, 1998; Torney-Purta et al., 2001). My point of departure is that the nature and content of educational influences concerning citizenship are structured by the various social contexts to which youngsters belong both inside and outside schools. This means that individual behaviors and attitudes are seen as partially contingent upon those of other individuals. Thus, civic orientations and knowledge of individual ...

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