|Editor||P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education|
Citizenship education is increasingly considered as a means to addressing social, political and economic challenges facing societies today. Many countries define values that determine the parameters of such education, and include courses in their curriculum to foster them. Citizenship education in Turkey has been provided under various titles since 1924, and the recent Citizenship and Human Rights Education strand was included in the curriculum in 1998. The main aim of the study is to identify the salient characteristics of this strand as reflected through the grades seven and eight textbooks within the framework of the new constructivist primary school curriculum.