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Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School

A companion to school experience, 3rd Edition

Edited by Liam Gearon


344 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life