Democratic Citizenship in Schools

Teaching Controversial Issues, Traditions and Accountability

Edited by: Jane Brown, Hamish Ross, Pamela Munn

In recent years, a greater emphasis has been placed on how nation states socialize and prepare the next generation of citizens. Schools have a key role in this essential educational process. Both citizenship and democracy figure prominently on education agendas around the world, in response to the considerable challenges facing many modern democracies. These challenges include concerns about political disengagement, devolution of political power, the implications of global interdependence, youth unemployment, and fears about the lack of social cohesion in increasingly diverse and complex societies. The state of research-, policy-, and practice-understanding in these areas receives continuing attention internationally, yet the connection between these three fields remains neglected. However, further progress in education for democratic citizenship is, in part, dependent on the search for structural understanding between them. The approach taken in this book is to integrate the three perspectives around three themes: Democratic Schooling, Teaching Controversial Issues, and Accountability. The scholars and school leaders who have contributed to the book do so from a wide international perspective. Democratic Citizenship in Schools is essential reading for policy makers, researchers, students, and practitioners who are keen to know about the way in which schools can develop democratic forms of citizenship - a most challenging and fundamental question for our times.

192 pages

Publication Date: 7/19/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780460055