One of the unique features of the International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS 2009) was the inclusion of regional modules specifically for students in Europe, Asia and Latin America. This provides the opportunity to examine in more detail how different regional contexts might influence student understanding of citizenship and citizenship responsibilities. The importance of context is particularly highlighted in Asia where varieties of democracy and multiply constructed cultures, religions and social mores provide unique challenges for both citizenship and citizenship education. Important attempts have been made to highlight the distinctiveness of these Asian contexts, (Lee, 2004, 2008) so that the philosophical contours are well known. Yet there have been very few comparative empirical studies seeking to understand the views of students across the region so this remains an important area for investigation. This paper will explore Asian students’ conceptions of citizenship identity drawing on the results of the Asian Regional Module of ICCS 2009. The results from Thai students will be particularly highlight through comparison with Korean, Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Indonesian students. An assessment will be these results for better understanding Asian students’ conceptions of citizenship and implications will be drawn for practice in citizenship education in Asian contexts.
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
CitationKennedy, K. J. (2011, September). Thai students ‘Asian’ citizenship identity: Preliminary results from the international civic and citizenship study. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Educational Research (ICER) 2011, Khon Kaen, Thailand.