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Citizenship - from ideal to reality. What are the perceptions of Citizenship Education's curricular delivery in schools?

Clark, Alice (2011) Citizenship - from ideal to reality. What are the perceptions of Citizenship Education's curricular delivery in schools? MA by research thesis, University of York.

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For the last ten years, Citizenship Education has maintained its place on the National Curriculum as a statutory subject. This positioning has been fraught with difficulties as teachers struggle to know how the concepts of ‘Identity and Diversity’, ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ and ‘Democracy and Justice’ should best be ‘taught’, if at all. It is argued that the transition of Citizenship Education from policy to the delivered curriculum has been, and still is, highly problematic due to a historic mismatch between the priority it is given at policy level and the very different priority it is given in schools. It is argued that this mismatch is a result of inadequate resourcing (time, knowledge, human) and has implications for teacher and student perception of the subject and a consequently detrimental effect on its potential success. It is further argued that according to McCowan’s (2006) ‘curricular transposition’ model, attention must be given to the areas of implementational difficulty which Heater (2001) specifies and are corroborated as still existing 10 years on by empirical data collected for this study. The research identifies and labels three key school delivery models of Citizenship Education (Combined, Discrete and Integrated). It makes a comparison between the effectiveness of these models and looks at the varying impact of these models in terms of teacher and student perception. The study concludes that the enthusiasm of the students is largely dependent on that of the teachers, who value the subject, but need support and clarity from the government and from school management, in order to effectively and confidently deliver the Citizenship Education curriculum. The tension between vision and pragmatism is still very strong, but would be eased by more investment of thought and resources. If this investment is not made, then expectations about the impact of the subject need to be lowered.

Item Type: Thesis (MA by research)
Keywords: citizenship, education, nationality, national curriculum
Academic Units: The University of York > Department of Education (York)
Depositing User: Mrs Alice Clark
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 11:49
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:47
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1987

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