Preparing young Australians for an uncertain future: New thinking about citizenship education

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Abstract

Civics and citizenship education enjoyed a revival in Australia from the mid-1990s onwards. It had bipartisan support from political parties, enjoyed funding for both curriculum materials development and teacher development, and has been given a high profile in all States and Territories. School level practice has been challenged by civics and citizenship education. There has been the need to seek both a place in the school curriculum and a pedagogy that is both engaging and meaningful for students. In themselves, these are significant challenges, but they pale into insignificance when compared with the geo-political realties that have shaken nation-states since 11 September 2001. The education and preparation of citizens must now take center stage if the world is to remain a compassionate and tolerant place in which to live. This paper addresses this issue by examining the threats to democracy that have emerged in the twenty-first century. In the light of these threats, classified as external to the nation-state as well as internal, the nature and purpose of citizenship education programs are discussed with a view to developing outcomes that will help young Australians face an uncertain future. In particular, the issue of developing civic capacity in young people is canvassed. Copyright © 2003 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
JournalTeaching Education
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

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Kennedy, K. J. (2003). Preparing young Australians for an uncertain future: New thinking about citizenship education. Teaching Education, 14(1), 53-67.