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.Barton and Linda S.Levstik

In December 2006, the Home Office announced that people wishing to have residency in the UK had to take a test in the English language. This was a reinforcement of the exam already in place for those wishing to gain British nationality. That there was a need for individuals to become conversant with the English language was seen by many as a necessary tool in their integration into the country. It made them more employable and allowed them to take a more active part in society. But the need for English language as a means of citizenship is a far more complex instrument than that.

In his Notes Towards a Definition of Culture, TS Eliot wrote that education was,

A subject which ...

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