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.

Democratic Schools: Towards a Definition

Democratic Schools: Towards a Definition

Democratic schools: Towards a definition

This analysis of school democracy, extensively rooted in UK-based research but drawing also on experience from Europe and across the globe, is obliged to begin by attempting a definition. Can a school be democratic? Some would assert that it cannot. In general, schools operate within a fairly rigid command structure. However heads/principals may choose to run their institutions, above them will be a hierarchy of governance and government which almost inevitably imposes a traditional line of authority and accountability. Indeed, heads have such considerable positional power because they are appointed by that hierarchy, however much consultation may have been involved in the process. Similar pressures operate on others: teachers in many countries feel beleaguered by the ...

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