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.

Citizenship Education, Pedagogy and School Contexts

Citizenship education, pedagogy and school contexts

Many educationalists maintain that schools play and ought to play a critical role in nurturing and even transforming democratic citizenship learning. Schools provide fertile grounds for investigating civic living, where the diverse dimensions of democratic citizenship can be explored, nurtured, and experienced. They offer conditions where understandings of key concepts, issues, and processes of informed democratic citizenship can be developed; where conflicting beliefs and perspectives within local, national, and global contexts can be examined and analyzed; where notions of civic membership and identity, inclusion and exclusion, moral purpose and legal responsibility can be explored; and where basic capacities of civic literacy and participation can be practiced and reflected upon.

During the past century a number ...

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