3rd Edition

Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School A companion to school experience

Edited By Liam Gearon Copyright 2015
    358 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    358 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Praise for previous editions…

    'A comprehensive and illuminating resource on both citizenship and citizenship education.'
    – David Hicks, Times Educational Supplement

    What is the role of citizenship? How can it be taught effectively?

    Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School is an essential resource for students training to teach citizenship in the secondary school as well as teachers of citizenship looking for fresh ideas and guidance. Written by leading experts in the field, the book is underpinned by the latest research and theory and explores a variety of inspirational approaches to teaching and learning in a subject which provides a critical underpinning to the whole school curriculum.

    This new, third edition has been comprehensively updated and restructured to emphasise the role of citizenship across the curriculum, exploring a wider range of subjects including geography, modern foreign languages, mathematics and science.

    Key topics include:

    • historical origins and contemporary contexts
    • developing subject knowledge and skills of enquiry
    • effective lesson plans, schemes of work and assessment
    • citizenship beyond the classroom: community-based work and learning outdoors
    • citizenship across the curriculum: English, drama and media; history, geography and religious education; modern foreign languages; mathematics and science; and RE
    • research in citizenship.

    Including key objectives and chapter summaries, together with carefully developed tasks to support your own professional development, Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School is designed to develop theoretically informed good practice in citizenship education. It is a source of support, guidance and creative ideas for all training citizenship teachers and those teaching the subject as non-specialists, and offers specialists new insight into this crucial subject.


    Liam Gearon

    Part 1

    Citizenship: historical origins and contemporary contexts

    1. A history of citizenship in Britain

    Derek Heater

    2. Defining Citizenship Education

    Ian Davies

    3. Citizenship in the National Curriculum

    Liz Moorse

    Part II

    Learning to teach citizenship

    4 A framework for beginning to teach citizenship

    Ben Hammond and Jeremy Hayward

    5. Developing subject knowledge in citizenship

    Liz West with Liam Gearon

    6 Developing skills of enquiry

    Hilary Cremin and Paul Warwick

    7 Discussion in citizenship

    Ted Huddleston and Don Rowe

    8 Planning lessons and schemes of work in citizenship

    Sandie Llewellin with Liam Gearon

    9 Assessing citizenship

    Marcus Bhargava

    10 Assessment of Citizenship

    Mary Richardson

    Part III

    Citizenship beyond the classroom

    11 Politics and pedagogy: citizenship beyond the classroom

    Liam Gearon

    12 Citizenship and Active Participation

    Ralph Leighton

    13 The citizenship curriculum de-schooled

    Tony Rea

    Part IV

    Citizenship across the curriculum

    14 Citizenship making links with English

    John Moss

    15 Citizenship making links with history

    Andrew Peterson

    16 Citizenship making links with religious education

    Liam Gearon

    17 Citizenship education: religious, ethnic and cultural dimensions

    Robert Jackson

    18 Citizenship and geography

    Simon Hoult

    19 Citizenship making links with foreign language teaching

    Mairin Hennebry

    20 Citizenship and science

    Keith Simpson

    21 Educating for citizenship in school mathematics

    Elaine Simmt

    Part V

    Researching citizenship: local, national and international contexts

    22 Learning for Cosmopolitan citizenship: theoretical debates and young people’s experiences

    Audrey Osler and Hugh Starkey

    23 Researching citizenship at national, regional and international levels: frames of reference, findings and debates

    David Kerr


    Liam Gearon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK. He is also Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University, and Conjoint Professor, Newcastle University, Australia.