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.
Humankind is experiencing one of the greatest periods of rapid change in its long history. Accelerated by new communication, transportation, and information technologies, today's world is characterized by the outcomes of globalization - the growing integration of local, national, and global economic, environmental, cultural, technological, and political systems. Increased connectivity over time and space is the essence of our global age (Tomlinson, 1999).
This chapter examines how some outcomes of globalization are changing what young people need to know and be able to do in order to be effective, engaged citizens. It is our underlying assumption that students must be prepared to be active participants in the world community as they live in a globally interconnected world, interact with people of diverse ...