1st Edition

Citizenship Education around the World Local Contexts and Global Possibilities

Edited By John Petrovic, Aaron Kuntz Copyright 2014
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    Though certainly not a new idea, citizenship education manifests in unique and often unpredictable ways in our contemporary neoliberal era. The question of what it means to be a productive and recognized citizen must now be understood simultaneously along both global and local lines. This edited volume offers an international perspective on citizenship education enacted in specific socio-political contexts. Each chapter includes a pointed conceptualization of citizenship education—a philosophical framework—that is then applied to specific national cases across Europe, Asia, Canada and more. Chapters emphasize how such frameworks are implemented within local contexts, encouraging particular pedagogical/curricular practices even as they constrain others. Chapters conclude with suggestions for productive change and how educators might usefully engage contemporary contexts through citizenship education.

    Prologue: Citizenship and the Purposes of Education John Petrovic and Aaron Kuntz 1. Citizenship Education in England in an Era of Perceived Globalisation: Recent Developments and Future Prospects Ben Kisby 2. Who Belongs in What Hong Kong? Citizenship Education in the Special Administrative Region Liz Jackson 3. Citizenship Education in China under Discourses of Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, Neoliberalism and Confucianism Juanjuan Zhu and Steven P. Camicia 4. Creating Citizens in a Capitalistic Democracy: A Struggle for the Soul of American Citizenship Education Jessica A. Heybach and Eric C. Sheffield 5. Citizenship Education in Spain in the Twenty-First Century Miquel Martínez and Enric Prats 6. Lost in Citizenship Education: Questions Faced by Amerasians in Japan Kanako Ide 7. Citizenship Education and the Construction of Identity in Canada Dianne Gereluk and David Scott 8. Civic Education in Israel: Between National-Ethnocentricity and Universalism Zehavit Gross 9. On Hospitality, Responsibility and Ubuntu: Some Philosophical Remarks on Teaching and Learning in South Africa Yusef Waghid and Nuraan Davids 10. Citizenship Education in Colombia: Searching for the Political Andrés Mejía D. 11. Citizenship Education in Mexico Maria-Eugenia Luna-Elizarraras 12. Tertiary Education and Critical Citizenship Peter Roberts Epilogue: Reading Citizenship Education in Neoliberal Times Aaron Kuntz and John Petrovic


    John E. Petrovic is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy Studies and Program Coordinator for the Social and Cultural Studies in Education PhD at The University of Alabama, USA. He has written articles on a range of issues and topics from Dewey, to heterosexism, to language policy. He has published in such journals as Educational Theory, Educational Studies, Journal of Language and Politics, and the International Multilingual Research Journal. He is editor of International Perspectives on Bilingual Education: Policy, Practice, and Controversy.

    Aaron M. Kuntz is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Alabama, USA, where he currently serves as Program Coordinator for the PhD in Educational Research. His research interests include critical qualitative inquiry, academic activism and citizenship, critical geography, and philosophy of education. Dr. Kuntz’s publications appear in such diverse journals as Qualitative Inquiry, Educational Action Research, Cultural Studies<=> Critical Methodologies, the Journal of Language and Politics, Educational Studies, The Journal of Higher Education, the Peabody Journal of Education, and others.

    "Citizenship Education around the World offers valuable insight into the educational history and present conditions of individual countries and counters the idea that true citizenship education is best understood in narrow economic terms.  This is an important addition to the critical literature on comparative education policy as well as to the growing body of critical work on the aims and impact of neo-liberalism." --Walter Feinberg, the University of Illinois, USA

    "In this terrific introduction to the challenges of citizenship education in a globalized world, scholars from around the world thoroughly explore what it means to create productive citizens. This thoughtful book forces the reader to consider how much more citizen education can be and why that matters. An important book for those who care about citizenship education." --David C. Berliner, Arizona State University, USA