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 the United Kingdom

Citizenship education in the united kingdom
DavidKerr, AlanSmith and ChristineTwine


The United Kingdom (UK) is not one but four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Writing a chapter on citizenship education in the UK is, therefore, challenging. While the last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in citizenship education and its inclusion as a priority in education policy-making and practice in all four countries, there remains considerable divergence in philosophy, approach and intent. Though the overall aims for citizenship education are similar, the policies and practices being developed in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are distinctive, and increasingly diverse, influenced by the history, culture and education context of each country.

This chapter explores the reasons for these similarities and ...

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