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.
Chapter 30: Community Involvement, Civic Engagement and Service Learning
Community Involvement, Civic Engagement and Service Learning
To what extent should citizenship education be based on a more ‘political’ or civic republican conception of citizenship as compared to a liberal individualist conception, which emphasizes individual rights, or a communitarian conception, which emphasizes moral and social responsibility. In what ways are young people finding new ways to engage in civic participation? To what extent does a curricular practice like service learning as part of citizenship education enable students to become democratic citizens? These are some of the questions I would like to explore in this chapter.
Citizenship Education and the Concept of Citizenship, Everyday Politics and Civic Engagement
It could be argued that the conception of citizenship underlying the UK curriculum is ...