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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.

Keith C.BartonLinda S.Levstik

Whether history education can, or should, contribute to citizenship is a controversial matter. Some educators argue passionately that history is the chief means of developing an informed citizenry, and they justify the subject's inclusion in schools by pointing to its benefits for civic knowledge and participation. Others maintain that using history in this way distorts the nature of the academic discipline; any civic benefits of studying history, they insist, should be incidental ones rather than the result of direct planning. Proponents of each position, however, tend to conflate differing elements of citizenship and history, and in particular to mix together aspects of liberal and republican perspectives.

Our purpose in this chapter is not to revisit these debates but to clarify and evaluate arguments ...

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