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Curriculum patterns in citizenship education : a cross national study

Han, C; Janmaat, G; May, T; Morris, P; (2013) Curriculum patterns in citizenship education : a cross national study. Palgrave Macmillan Green open access

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Abstract

There are contrasting views as to whether education systems and curricular characteristics are converging. A number of theoretical perspectives have been proposed attempting to explain or predict similarities and differences in education systems and curricula around the world, e.g. World Culture theory, and the modernisation and qualitative differences perspectives. From an empirical point of view, existing research investigating variation in citizenship education across countries tends to focus on superficial features such as curriculum objectives and structure, and school subject categories. The more substantive issue of the values and norms promoted in the curriculum are usually ignored because of the difficulty in investigating these. Further, while it is possible to identify convergence at the most general and abstract level, it is at the level of the enactment and implementation of policy that meaningful similarities or differences can be identified. This chapter presents original data at the level of the structural features and curriculum content of citizenship education from 16 Western and East Asian countries. It uses cross-country patterns of the dimensions of state control and collective values to assess the validity and explanatory power of World Culture theory, and the modernisation and qualitative differences perspectives.

Type: Other
Title: Curriculum patterns in citizenship education : a cross national study
ISBN-13: 9781137025685
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Additional information: I am the lead author of this book chapter.
Keywords: citizenship education, World Culture theory, modernisation, convergence, cross national
UCL classification: UCL > Office of the President and Provost
UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE Directorate
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice & Society
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1488616
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