Education for citizenship in South Australian public schools: a pilot study of senior leader and teacher perceptions

Peterson, A. and Bentley, B. (2016) Education for citizenship in South Australian public schools: a pilot study of senior leader and teacher perceptions. Curriculum Journal, 28 (1). pp. 105-122. ISSN 0958-5176.

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Preparing students for informed and active citizenship is a core goal of education and schooling in Australia. The ways schools educate and prepare young Australians for citizenship involves a range of processes and initiatives central to the work of schools, including school ethos, mission, extra-curricular activities and community-based participation. With regard to the formal curriculum, the recent introduction and implementation of the first ever Federal Australian curriculum includes provision for a new subject – Civics and Citizenship. Research evidence from other nations suggests that schools understand, approach and enact education for citizenship in a multitude of ways, yet how Australian schools construct this aspect of their work is currently under-researched. In this context, and drawing on data from interviews with school leaders and teachers of year six-eight (11-14 year olds) students in a small sample of South Australian primary and secondary schools, we explore perceptions and current approaches to education for citizenship. Our findings suggest (i) that while school leaders and teachers value education for citizenship, they do so for different reasons; (ii) that schools place values as central to education for citizenship; and, (iii) that community involvement is typically understood as occurring within rather than beyond the school.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Professor Andrew Peterson
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 14:30
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 15:46

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