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.
The Historical Context
Since the late 1960s, global education has developed as a curriculum reform movement that attempts to respond to the increasing interdependence and rapid change that characterizes the contemporary world. Beginning in the developed world, notably in the US and the UK (where the term ‘world studies’ was initially preferred), the ideas and practice of global education, in various formats and guises, have gradually spread around the globe and can be found in at least 38 countries on six continents (Tye, 1999). The roots of global education in Europe can be traced back to the interwar movements of the 1920s that sought to use formal education as a vehicle to promote a more sustained peace and, post-1945, flourished under the banner ...