Changing Citizenship: Democracy and Inclusion in Education

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Open University Press, 2005 - Education - 229 pages
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  • How can citizenship in schools meet the needs of learners in multicultural and globalized communities?
  • Can schools resolve the tensions between demands for effective discipline and pressures to be more inclusive?
Educators, politicians and the media are using the concept of citizenship in new contexts and giving it new meanings. Citizenship can serve to unite a diverse population, or to marginalise and exclude. With the introduction of citizenship in school curricula, there is an urgent need for developing the concept of cosmopolitan and inclusive citizenship.

Changing Citizenship supports educators in understanding the links between global change and the everyday realities of teachers and learners. It explores the role that schools can play in creating a new vision of citizenship for multicultural democracies.

Key reading for education researchers and students on PGCE, B.Ed and Masters courses in Education, as well as citizenship teachers and co-ordinators. Changing Citizenship is of interest to all concerned about social justice and young people's participation in decision-making.

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Cosmopolitan citizenship
Human rights democracy and development
Children as citizens

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Professor Audrey Osler is Director of the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the University of Leeds. She previously worked at the Universities of Leicecter and Birmingham, and is also an experienced teacher and education advisor.

Hugh Starkey is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MA in Citizenship Education by distance learning at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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