ERIC Number: EJ918629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
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Respect and Responsibility: Teaching Citizenship in South African High Schools
Hammett, Daniel; Staeheli, Lynn A.
International Journal of Educational Development, v31 n3 p269-276 May 2011
Respect is a core concept in citizenship debates. South African high school educators often draw upon respect as a key value within citizenship education. Their teaching of this value is often conflated with promotion of the practice of responsible citizenship. The constructions of respect and responsibility in these situations are imbued with assumptions around authority and power relations, such that learners' are expected to take responsibility for demonstrating respect "for" in an unequal rather than reciprocal understanding of respect. Thus, negotiations of different kinds of respect are highlighted. The need for schools to embody a culture or ethos of respect is noted if learners are to be expected to recognise and adopt respect as a key element to citizenship in theory and in practice.
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, High Schools, Power Structure, Citizenship Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa