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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.

Sustainable Development
Sustainable development

‘The ultimate goal of education for sustainable development is to empower people with the perspectives, knowledge, and skills for helping them live in peaceful sustainable societies’ (UNESCO, 2001: 1).

There is now a growing consensus that twenty-first century civilization is on a path that is not sustainable. Dominant forms of political economy are failing to conserve ecological resources and services, guarantee economic stability, reduce social inequality; maintain cultural diversity, and protect people's physical and mental health. We face related crises of ecological, economic, social, cultural, and personal sustainability, yet the means are available to set civilization on a more sustainable path. Adopting more sustainable forms of political economy involves the establishment of new forms of global governance guided by new forms of citizenship. ...

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