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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.

Philosophical Presuppositions of Citizenship Education and Political Liberalism
Philosophical presuppositions of citizenship education and political liberalism

Much contemporary discourse of citizenship education relies on, or draws from, a new philosophical conception of liberalism that declares itself ‘political’. Political liberalism purports to be independent from any controversial philosophical presuppositions, and its basic principles and features are often presented as the most accommodating of difference and heterogeneity, so long as the latter is not illiberal, oppressive and fanatic. In this essay I argue that the often receptive and arguably uncritical way in which educational theory utilizes this view in citizenship curriculum debates works against a more encompassing idea of citizenship for justice and equality. I shall critique the above view, then, by unveiling the contestable epistemological and anthropological ...

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