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 Citizenship Curriculum: Ideology, Content and Organization

The citizenship curriculum: Ideology, content and organization
Kerry J.Kennedy


Citizenship education can be found as a component of the school curriculum in most nations but the priority afforded it in curriculum terms varies from nation to nation and even within nations. Thus in the US, jurisdictional authority rests with the thousands of school districts while in Australia it rests with the eight sub-national authorities that have responsibility for education. In the European Union a similar situation exists so that attempts to educate for ‘European citizenship’, while initiated by the European Commission, inevitably rely for successful implementation on the member states. It is only where there are unitary systems of government such as England, France, New Zealand and the People's Republic ...

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