ERIC Number: EJ771604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 72
The State and Citizenship Education in England: A Curriculum for Subjects or Citizens?
Pike, Mark A.
Journal of Curriculum Studies, v39 n4 p471-489 Aug 2007
This paper evaluates the extent to which the implementation and assessment of the new citizenship curriculum in England treats learners as citizens or subjects by evaluating whether the interests of state or citizen predominate. Philosophical, contextual, and practical perspectives on citizenship education are drawn upon to evaluate mechanisms which mediate state power in young citizens' lives. Current methods of delivering and assessing the citizenship curriculum in schools are challenged and the ideology underpinning citizenship education, as conceptualized in official discourse, is questioned. The view is advanced that citizenship cannot be reduced to what learners know (the informed citizen) or do (the active citizen) as it cannot be divorced from who they are. This paper focuses on citizenship education in the context of English liberal democracy but has a wide application as it addresses issues relevant to the state education of citizens elsewhere.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Evaluation, Social Studies, Educational Objectives, Government Role, Cultural Pluralism, Democracy, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Curriculum Design, Teaching Methods, Democratic Values, Moral Values, Social Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)