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  • Subject index

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.

Key Perspectives, Traditions and Disciplines: Overview
Key perspectives, traditions and disciplines: Overview

When we talk about ‘perspectives, traditions and disciplines’ in relation to citizenship and education we can be thinking about one or two analytically distinct levels of analysis. First, and most obviously there are ‘philosophies’, ‘ideologies’, or bodies of thinking about education and citizenship. Examples are the political philosophy and ethics connected with the classical Greek polis life; republican thought as that developed in England, France and North America; Confucian philosophy; liberalism in all its varieties; social democracy; various forms of conservatism; Islamic theology and ethics. All of these and numerous others offer positive prescriptions regarding the conduct of government, social life and education. In some cases we find definite debates or prescriptions regarding ‘citizenship’ ...

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