London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship education: models and discourses

Author(s) David Scott and Helen Lawson  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2001  
Editor A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
Citizenship education in England and Wales has a long history. The need for citizenship education and corresponding definitions have changed over time but a persistent characteristic would seem to be a fear of indoctrination and a lack of a coherent vision due in part to the notion of citizenship being a contested concept. However the modern notion of citizenship implies a commitment to some form of equality, an emphasis on universal norms and a secular framework of values to support political claims and social obligations (Turner, 1986). Within this framework, social inequality is no longer regarded as inevitable and natural. These different notions of citizenship in turn support different theories of citizenship education, and as a result a number of commentators have identified 'ideal' forms of pedagogy, values, skills, curricular content and assessment

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