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.

Equity and its Relationship to Citizenship Education

Equity and its Relationship to Citizenship Education

Equity and its relationship to citizenship education
StephenGorard and VanitaSundaram

In this chapter, we will argue that greater attention to equity in educational systems is important, and suggest ways in which equity can be enhanced - particularly from the perspective of pupils in schools. We start by outlining some ideas about what equity entails, then why equity is important in education, why we might wish to listen more carefully to the views of pupils, and conclude with some examples of the views of pupils about equity, and their implications for school systems.

What is Equity?

‘Equity’ in the sense used in this chapter can represent two related ideas. First, equity is used as a synonym for the terms ‘fair’ and ‘fairness’. It ...

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