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ERIC Number: EJ810202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
"If There's a Dead Rat, Don't Leave It". Young Children's Understanding of Their Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Covell, Katherine; Howe, Brian R.; McNeil, Justin K.
Cambridge Journal of Education, v38 n3 p321-339 Sep 2008
Concerns about pupil disengagement from school and society have led to compulsory citizenship education in state schools in England. However, there is little evidence that the new citizenship education is meeting its goals. The research described here assesses a new approach to citizenship education that appears to overcome some of the identified obstacles in current practices. Hampshire's "Rights, respect and responsibility" initiative is a rights-based whole school reform of school policies and practices. Under this initiative the contemporaneous citizenship status of pupils is respected, pupils are taught about their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and democratic participation is made meaningful in classroom and school functioning. Of particular interest is that the initiative starts in infant schools. This research indicates that young children can understand their rights and responsibilities in ways that are meaningful to their everyday behaviour and that rights-based whole school reform has the capacity to improve pupil learning and citizenship behaviours. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)