ERIC Number: EJ718157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 77
Citizenship Education and Character Education: Similarities and Contrasts
Davies, Ian; Gorard, Stephen; McGuinn, Nick
British Journal of Educational Studies, v53 n3 p341-358 Sep 2005
We suggest that there is a need for those who seek to explore issues associated with the implementation of citizenship education in England to clarify its specific nature. This can be done, at least in part, through a process of comparison. To that end we review some of the connections and disjunctions between "character education" and "citizenship education". We argue, drawing from US and UK literature but focusing our attention on contexts and issues in England, that there are indeed some broad areas of overlap between these two fields. Citizens should be of "good" character and the educational initiatives that we consider both emerge from a concern about current trends in society. However, we suggest that the overlaps with citizenship education principally apply when character education is drawn very broadly. When we examine a particular approach to character education that is often US-based, and titled as "citizenship", we note many contrasts with citizenship education as formulated in the National Curriculum for England. We suggest that citizenship educators in England need to interpret claims about the similarity between these two fields with caution, or meanings that apply to both character education and citizenship education will be distorted.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Values Education, National Curriculum, Citizenship Education, Moral Values, Ethical Instruction, Moral Development
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)