From teaching citizenship to learning democracy: overcoming individualism in research, policy and practice

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Discipline 1 Educational research
Discipline 2
Publication Title From teaching citizenship to learning democracy: overcoming individualism in research, policy and practice
Description In this article we argue for a shift in educational research, policy and practice away from teaching citizenship to an understanding of the ways young people learn democracy. In the first part of the article we identify the ways in which the discussion about citizenship in Britain has developed since the Second World War and show how a comprehensive understanding of citizenship, which has underpinned much recent thinking about citizenship education, has been replaced by a more overtly individualistic approach. In the second part of the article we delineate the key problems of this individualistic approach and make a case for an approach to citizenship education that takes as its point of departure the actual learning that occurs in the real lives of young people. In the concluding section, we outline the implications of our view for research, policy and practice.
Publication Year 2006
Publication Author Gert Biesta, Robert Lawy
Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Cambridge Journal of Education
Major Funders
Publication Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03057640500490981