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Educating for citizenship: some lessons from England 2008

Gorard, Stephen and See, Beng Huat and Shaheen, Robina (2009) Educating for citizenship: some lessons from England 2008. Citizenship Teaching and Learning, 5 (1). pp. 35-45. ISSN 1751-1917

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This paper stems from a study of 45 secondary schools and colleges in England during 2007/08. Using documentary analysis, interviews with staff, students and parents, surveys of staff and students, and official statistics, we look at a number of potential outcomes related to citizenship. These include voting behaviour, charity work, and preparation for later life. In contrast to standard school effectiveness and improvement studies, we find that student/family background and institution-levels factors are relatively minor determinants of citizenship outcomes. If accepted this suggests that improvements here can come easier than in more traditional school outcomes, since they appear to be more sensitive to teacher and students experiences. In particular, we propose further investigation of the promise of student autonomy, staff prioritisation of student aspirations, and mutual respect between all actors in education.

Type of Work:Article
Date:01 June 2009 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education
Subjects:L Education (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Citized
ID Code:296
Refereed:YES
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