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Does Citizenship Education Make Young People Better-Engaged Citizens?

Mycock, Andrew, Tonge, Jonathan and Jeffery, Bob (2012) Does Citizenship Education Make Young People Better-Engaged Citizens? Political Studies, 60 (3). pp. 578-602. ISSN 1467-9248

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Abstract

Citizenship education has been a compulsory feature of the curriculum in secondary schools in England since 2002. However, its future may be uncertain amid inter-party disputes over the utility of such teaching. Moreover, there are substantial concerns over the breadth, aims and reach of the Citizenship curriculum. There is a lack of clarity over whether good citizenship can be taught and dispute over whether it can or should go beyond bolstering civil engagement (volunteering) and improving civic (political) activity. This article assesses the motivations for the introduction of Citizenship and the extent to which it has become a politicised panacea to a range of emerging policy challenges. Then, using survey data gathered for the Youth Citizenship Commission, established under the previous government to encourage community and democratic participation by young people, the article tests whether citizenship education is making a difference to the engagement of young people in the civil and political spheres. It assesses which categories of young people have been most influenced by – and which remain impervious to – citizenship education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Academy for the Study of Britishness
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 16:47
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 11:03
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/10191

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