ERIC Number: EJ921860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Citizenship and Citizenship Education: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Zimbabwe Presidential Commission Report
Sigauke, Aaron T.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v6 n1 p69-86 Mar 2011
Educational discourse, like other fields, is not neutral. Through policy documents it has ideological functions of transmitting dominant cultures and serving certain sectional interest groups. In Zimbabwe 1998 was characterized by radical political discontent as witnessed by a rise in student activism and the formation of the main political opposition party. It is during this same year that a government appointed commission recommended a citizenship education that would "mould" young people so that they "conform" to expectations of the "adult society." This article examines possibilities for other underlying ideological motives in the recommendation for citizenship education in the curriculum. It does so through a critical discourse analysis of a chapter on citizenship education in the commission's report. The article concludes that there are possibilities for other underlying motives in the recommendation for a citizenship education regarded as a cure for the perceived anti-social behaviour among young people.
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Discourse Analysis, Young Adults, Foreign Countries, Ideology, Teaching Methods, Educational Policy, Reports, Antisocial Behavior, Activism, Political Attitudes, Political Influences, Advisory Committees, Presidents, Social Structure
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Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe