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Citizenship education curricula: comparing the multiple meanings of supra-national citizenship in Europe and beyond

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This special issue of JCS has examined the changes and challenges facing citizenship education policy and curricula by way of case studies from Europe and beyond. It is indicated that European and/or global integration have had an impact on all of the citizenship curricula examined. However, it is also noted that each case conceptualizes supra-national citizenship and its relationship to national citizenship and other groups in differing ways. It is argued that these ways present issues of exclusion, as curricula often remain centred on the nation-state and use European citizenship as a means to exclude 'non-Europeans'. The article concludes by discussing the research implications of these findings within the context of discussions over supranational and cosmopolitan modes of creating, and educating for, citizenship.

Keywords: European citizenship; citizenship education curricula; global citizenship; supranational citizenship

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Education Sciences, European University Cyprus, 22004 Nicosia, Cyprus 2: National Foundation for Educational Research, Slough, UK 3: Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA

Publication date: 2009-04-01

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