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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.

Education for Democratic Citizenship in Australia
Education for democratic citizenship in Australia

Despite an enduring belief that the Australian system of government created by the constitution makers has functioned effectively as a robust, stable and successful constitutional democracy, the need for learning about democratic citizenship in schools achieved remarkable consensus in the 1990s (CEG, 1994; Kemp, 1997; Kennedy, 1997; Erebus, 1999; Print, 1999). The research evidence indicates that need remains today.

Concern at the lack of provision for education for democratic citizenship, and a commensurate dearth of civic and democratic understanding by young citizens, has been evident for some time in Australia (CEG, 1994). There is also a clear problem in Australia, particularly within democratic education that links the educative endeavour to the practice of democracy. Relative to ...

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