Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Implementing citizenship education in a secondary school community

By Anne Hudson


This thesis uses a case study to investigate the impact on a whole school community of a special focus on citizensbip. It begins by exploring conflicting meanings attributed to\ud citizenship and citizenship education. It goes on to adopt an understanding of citizenship as involving a set of relationships between rights, duties, participation and\ud identity. The discourse about globalisation and the debate as to whether it represents a new reality or a continuation of existing trends is explored. The thesis contends that\ud globalisation. poses important challenges and threats which make citizenship education an urgent necessity in the twenty-first century. It recommends a transformative,\ud creconstructive' approach and explores the extent to which this is feasible in the context of government policies affecting schools and society in England during the\ud period 1999 - 2003. It suggests that there are factors in these policies which promote and factors which hinder an empowering approach to school citizenship.\ud \ud The study uses a framework developed by Wenger (2001) to analyse the school as a community of practice for citizenship. It draws on his idea that communities of\ud practice are characterised by the way they manifest:\ud 1) Meaning\ud 2) Practice\ud 3) Community:\ud 4) Identity\ud \ud The analysis draws on school documents, surveys of student opinion and interviews with students and teachers. Over 100 students' written responses to questions about\ud 'making a difference'were also analysed. For purposes of triangulation, the study also takes account of observations and comments in reports made by inspectors who visited\ud the school twice during the time of the project.\ud \ud The study found that students had begun to see citizenship education as being useful from a global and multicultural perspective, a local perspective, as democratic representation,as participative learning, for developing economic awareness and for challenging racism. In addition, the project had shown its potential to transform\ud relationships within the school so that it was beginning to become a community of practice for citizenship. Significantly, it had affected the young people's sense of\ud identity and promoted their notion of agency

Publisher: School of Education (Leeds)
Year: 2006
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (2000)Tbe Citizenship Order for Schools
  2. (2002b) Education for Citizenship: the Citizenship Order Parliamentary doi
  3. (2004). (2004)Competition and control: the impact of government regulation on teaching and learning doi
  4. (2000). 8) Morality and Citizenship in Education London:
  5. (2001). A green light to the develoPers The Guardian,
  6. (1956). A taxonomy ofeducational objectives,
  7. (2000). a) Young Children's Rights London: doi
  8. (2000). Are you talking to me? The need to respect and develop a pupil's self image doi
  9. (2000). b) Practising democracy in two Inner City Schools Citizenship and Democracy in schools: diversity, identity, equality in A. Osler(Ed)
  10. (2002). Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
  11. (2001). Changing Classrooms through Inspection. doi
  12. (2002). Children, Home and School: Regulation, autonomy or connection.
  13. (2000). Citizenship in a GlobalAge Buc i e: OUP
  14. (2000). Citizenship in Theory and Practice: Being or Becoming Citizens with Rights,
  15. (2001). Citizenship Schools London: Campaign for Learning/UNICEF Anderson, L.
  16. (2000). Citizenshipfor the 21st Century. London: Kogan Page.
  17. (2000). Contemporary British Society.
  18. (2001). Critical Theory. In doi
  19. (2001). Development, Democracy and Deviance in Contemporary Sociology of Education in Sociology ofEducation Today
  20. (2003). Educating for change in the political culture? Teaching Citizenship (5)
  21. (2003). Education and Skills doi
  22. (2000). Education for Citizenship, Civic Participation and Experiential and Service Learning
  23. (2004). Ethics, social research and consulting with children andyoungpeople Ilford: Barnado's.
  24. (2003). Fractured Identities: Changing Patterns oflnequality. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  25. (1999). Human rights and democracy in schools: do they mean more than 'picking up litter and not killing whales?... doi
  26. (2000). Human Rights, Cultures and Language Teaching
  27. (2000). Human Rights, Identities and Conflict Management: a study of school culture as experienced through classroom relationships. doi
  28. (2000). Implementing Citizenship Education: Can it be done?
  29. (2000). LTN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Some Common Criticisms and Suggested Responses. " Child A buse Review 9: 43 9- doi
  30. (1994). Marxism and the New Imperialism London:
  31. (2000). National Case Studies of Citizenship Education. Citizenshipfor the 21st Cenlwy.
  32. (2002). New Labour's Policiesfor Schools London:
  33. (2002). Optimism is mixed with concern Parents and Schools 121.
  34. (2002). Optimism is mixed with concern"
  35. (2000). Pedagogy, Symbolic Control and Identity Lanham, doi
  36. (2000). Personal Development and Citizenship Education. Educationfor Citizenship
  37. (2003). Schooling reforms in England: from quasi-markets to co-opetition. " doi
  38. (2001). Students as mdical agents of change.
  39. (2002). Students rights in British Schools in Children, Home and School: Regulation, autonomy or connection? P,
  40. (2002). The Courage ofour Convictions: ny Reform ofthe Public Services is the Route to Social Justice. London:
  41. (2003). The End of Citizenship? The Nation State, Threats to its Legitimacy, and Citizenship Education in the Twenty-First Century" Cambridge Journal ofEducation 33(l): doi
  42. (2001). The Impact of the First Term of the New labour Government on Social Work in Britain: The Interface between Education Policy and Social Work. doi
  43. (1999). The Presuppositions of Citizenship Education. doi
  44. (1998). The Teaching andHigher Education Act, 'Me Stationery Office Ltd., London Department for Education and Employment
  45. (2001). Theories ofInternational Relations Basingstoke: doi
  46. (2001). Turning the Tide" Teaching Citizenship 1.
  47. (2002). What is the Problem?
  48. Why selection isn! t working.
  49. (1996). Yhirty Years On: is comprehensive education alive and well or struggling to survive?

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.