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ERIC Number: EJ854396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-5866
Negotiating Participation and Power in a School Setting: The Implementation of Active Citizenship within the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum
Gifford, Chris; Watt, Paul; Clark, Wayne; Koster, Shirley
LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, v2 n3 p175-190 Sep 2005
Since the Crick Report, active citizenship has been promoted as a vehicle for enhancing community involvement and political literacy among school and higher education students. This ostensibly progressive educational and social goal is beset with a number of tensions and contradictions, notably around the nature of participation and between enhancing social control and encouraging political engagement. This article examines the various tensions surrounding citizenship education with reference to an evaluation of an innovative undergraduate sociology module called "Teaching Citizenship". The aim of the module was to provide students with an experience of active citizenship based on local community involvement that took the form of students' facilitating citizenship education at two secondary modern schools. Drawing upon evaluation research findings, the article discusses the ways in which the sociology students actively negotiated the dilemmas of participation and power characteristic of citizenship education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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