What can Active Citizenship Achieve for Schools and through Schools?

Pamela Munn

in Active Citizenship

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638666
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671939 | DOI:
What can Active Citizenship Achieve for Schools and through Schools?

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This chapter discusses the potential benefits of citizenship education becoming embedded in schools across the United Kingdom. It analyses how citizenship might appear in the different guises of the curriculum. Actively involving young people in decisions about the school and classroom life develops skills and knowledge which promotes active citizenship. The chapter notes that citizenship education based on a learner-centred approach, consulting pupils about how they learn, and what would improve their learning is likely to make classrooms more enjoyable, purposeful and stimulating for both pupils and teachers. It suggests that Scotland might be somewhat better placed than England and Wales to implement political literacy in the curriculum. The barriers to the incomplete implementation of the citizenship education agenda across the UK include the citizenship programme having to compete for time with other curriculum innovations; and increasing segregation of schools which detracts from their social inclusiveness.

Keywords: citizenship education; United Kingdom; active citizenship; curriculum; learner-centred approach; Scotland; political literacy; segregation; schools

Chapter.  5854 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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