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Active CitizenshipWhat Could it Achieve and How?$
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Bernard Crick and Andrew Lockyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638666

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638666.001.0001

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What can Active Citizenship Achieve for Schools and through Schools?

What can Active Citizenship Achieve for Schools and through Schools?

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Active Citizenship

Pamela Munn

Edinburgh University Press

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

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