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Curricular transposition in citizenship education

(2008) Curricular transposition in citizenship education. Theory and Research in Education , 6 (2) pp. 153-172. 10.1177/1477878508091109. Green open access

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Abstract

The considerable debate in recent years on the aims of citizenship education has not been accompanied by an equally substantial discussion on the educational processes involved.This article puts forward a theoretical framework, referred to as curricular transposition', for understanding the complex task of realizing normative ideals of citizenship through education. The framework highlights four stages in the educational process: the ideals and aspirations underlying an initiative; the curricular programme designed to achieve them; the programme's implementation in practice; and its effects on students. The leaps' between these stages — involving movement between ends and means and between ideal and real — are highly problematic.These ideas are explored in the context of an empirical case: the Voter of the Future' programme in Brazil. Disjunctures are observed at the different stages — in particular, a lack of harmony' between ends and means, and a lack of teacher ownership of the initiative in the process of implementation — leading to divergence between the initial aims and actual effects. Finally, broader implications of the curricular transposition framework for citizenship education are drawn out. © 2008, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Curricular transposition in citizenship education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1477878508091109
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547063
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