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Restricted access: a history of national political education in Britain

Mycock, Andrew (2004) Restricted access: a history of national political education in Britain. In: Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2004, 7th April 2004, Lincoln, UK.

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    The lack of explicit political education in Britain to all young people is
    widely recognised amongst political and educational elites alike. Since the late-1960s
    there has been a growing interest in the provision of some form of political education
    within the state education system. There have been a number of justifications for this
    interest, but concern over the perceived political apathy, and disengagement, of young
    people is now seen by some to be threatening the stability, and legitimacy, of
    democracy in Britain.
    The following paper seeks to assess approaches to political education in Britain in a
    number of differing ways. Firstly, it will consider the value of political education. The
    paper will then discuss the lack of equality of educational provision in Britain since
    1870. There will be consideration of state approaches and attitudes toward political
    education, and the extent to which the incumbent Labour government has inculcated
    an active citizenship culture within the education system. The paper will conclude
    with some comments regarding problems concerning political education provision
    within the state system in Britain

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
    D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
    J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    L Education > L Education (General)
    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 > Academy for British and Irish Studies
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 15:27
    Last Modified: 10 May 2011 15:27


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