Citizenship through Secondary History

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Book

This book is aimed at teachers and student teachers, heads of department and policy makers. It highlights the potential of history to engage with citizenship education in the secondary school national curriculum. The book is divided into three parts.

Part 1 sets the context by discussing citizenship curricula reviews in England and Wales and making connections between teaching history and citizenship. A key argument of the book is that history teaching is a significant area of the curriculum for the delivery of citizenship education. It explores the theoretical and practical challenges of adopting this approach through a consideration of policy and the content, processes and outcomes of citizenship education.

Part 2 focuses more specifically on curriculum issues and learning outcomes for both history and citizenship. These chapters explore the relationship between citizenship, political literacy and history, moral dimensions and the development of teaching approaches that make connections between the past and present. Two chapters on European and global citizenship provide interesting discussions by drawing on projects and conceptual models to discuss content and processes of teaching and learning. A case study on slavery draws on these theoretical discussions and offers practical teaching suggestions.

The concluding part suggests how teachers can proceed to educate young people about these complex issues. This is a comprehensive discussion that allows the reader to make links with their specific interests and develop their understanding and practice.


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