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'Political ideas can only be discussed if they are in the syllabus; otherwise a political discussion is not necessary': Teachers' views on citizenship education in Zimbabwe

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Abstract:

This study on the introduction of citizenship education in Zimbabwe reviewed teachers' opinions about and preparedness in implementing the programme. Data were collected through in-depth face-to-face interviews with 21 teachers purposefully selected from two high schools in the country. Interviews focused on teachers' conceptions of citizenship and citizenship education, the status of citizenship education in the curriculum, teaching techniques regarded as appropriate for teaching citizenship issues, assessment and training needs. In the sample there were a wide range of views on the meaning and purpose of citizenship and citizenship education. While some teachers are positive about the purpose of this subject, others think that it is an attempt to indoctrinate and silence young people from being critical of the government.

Keywords: CITIZENSHIP; CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION; CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES; PATRIOTISM; POLITICS; PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ctl.6.3.269_1

Publication date: 2011-07-01

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  • Citizenship Teaching and Learning is global in scope, exploring issues of social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy. It advances academic and professional understandings within a broad characterisation of education, focussing on a wide range of issues including identity, diversity, equality and social justice within social, moral, political and cultural contexts.
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