The Trajectory of 'Political Education' In English Schools: The Rise and Fall of Two Initiatives

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This article tracks the trajectory of political education in Englishschools by comparing the experiences of two initiatives that have occurred in the lastseventy years, namely, the Association of Education in Citizenship established in1934 and the Programme for Political Education launched in 1974. Although theseinitiatives have been interpreted as representing different models of politicaleducation, there is some evidence to indicate that they had more in common than isimmediately apparent. Irrespective of the interpretation placed on the two initiatives'rationales, aims and outcomes, their experiences serve to demonstrate some of thecircumstances that influence sustainability of reform in political education.Consideration of these circumstances is germane as Citizenship enters its fourth yearas a compulsory National Curriculum subject in England.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalCitizenship Teaching and Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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