London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Citizenship education in the UK: a radical alternative or failed communitarian experiment?

Author(s) Jill Rutter  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2002  
Editor Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross  
Language English  
Age group -  
In July 2002 some 165 qualified citizenship teachers will graduate from English universities and teacher training programmes, ready to teach citizenship, a subject that becomes compulsory in English secondary schools in September 2002. The subject has been defined by Government as education for 'Political literacy, Social and moral responsibility and Community participation' (QCA, 1999) This paper is based on observations made in the 20 secondary schools which have provided teaching practice placements to student citizenship teachers from the University of North London. With citizenship teaching already planned, these schools give an indication of how citizenship education might be implemented across English secondary schools. The paper poses questions and concerns that those involved in citizenship education need to confront.

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