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.

Assessing Citizenship Education

Assessing citizenship education

‘In examinations, the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.’

Oscar Wilde

In one noted citizenship school in south-east London, teachers wrote a case study detailing their success implementing the new national curriculum. At the end of that case study, they identified areas for future work: ‘One major challenge for the school is to develop a viable framework for assessing citizenship education and planning for development, coherence and continuity in pupils' learning experiences across the key stages’ (Douglas and Hudson, 2003: 206).

They also acknowledged that an even more challenging task lay ahead in creating a set of indicators by which they might judge ‘the success and quality of citizenship education in the formal curriculum, in the school's culture and ethos and in ...

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