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ERIC Number: EJ815205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 96
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
Educating for Peace? Citizenship Education in Quebec and Northern Ireland
Niens, Ulrike; Chastenay, Marie-Helene
Comparative Education Review, v52 n4 p519-540 Nov 2008
This article explores the theoretical underpinnings of citizenship education as well as issues relating to educational practice to identify and discuss challenges that divided societies, which are characterized by conflicting national or cultural identities, may face in the development and implementation of such programs. Formal education curricula from Northern Ireland and Quebec are compared to identify how they promote citizenship in their divided societies. Both societies are characterized by high levels of segregation in education as well as other aspects of social and political life, but they differ in the extent to which conflict and violence are features of these societal divisions. In the authors' examination of citizenship education in Northern Ireland and Quebec, they outline a brief theoretical framework underpinning citizenship education and discuss issues affecting citizenship as a tool for promoting community relations and peace in modern societies in general and divided societies in particular. Building on this theoretical framework, they describe the sociopolitical context for each society and provide an outline of the educational systems and previous curricular initiatives (explicitly or implicitly) aimed at promoting citizenship and community relations. They then offer a critical examination of the formal citizenship education curricula in the post-primary school sector of each society. They conclude with a consideration of the implications of citizenship education for long-term peace in divided societies. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)