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Citizenship, civic education and politics: The education policy context for young Australian citizens

Haigh, Y., Murcia, K. and Norris, L. (2013) Citizenship, civic education and politics: The education policy context for young Australian citizens. Journal of Education Policy, 29 (5). pp. 598-616.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2013.865080
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Abstract

Citizenship education in Australia is embedded throughout the school curriculum. Despite a coherent policy context for the inclusion of citizenship and civic education at all levels of schooling, the links between education and civic minded citizens are tenuous. This paper explores these connections by drawing on the views of participants in an international community service program between Western Australia and Tanzania. By situating the interview data in relation to the policy goals, the paper argues that the current policy framework ‘sanitises’ the political nature of modern citizenship. The results from this study demonstrate that students have little understanding of the connections between the civic, the social and the political realms of citizenship. These results suggest that the current policy context does not adequately prepare young people to position themselves in the political realm.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/20342
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