London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship: concept and education in France and in England

Author(s) Luna, G.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper compares the concepts of citizenship in France and the United Kingdom, and the characteristics of their recently created subjects of citizenship in their secondary school level curricula. There is a diversity of opinions on what should be taught in civic education related to context. The analysis is limited to the current National on-line curricula for secondary education. Curricula on citizenship issues are close to the ‘political culture’ of national political traditions. France imposes a nationalistic, idealistic, symbol-laden set of universal principles, while England suggests a pragmatic, consensual, market-related, child focused set of instructions to live in a community. Both rely on the rule of law and the acceptance of rights and obligations.

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