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23 December, 2005

Connecting with Citizenship Education

Active learning techniques and interactive web-based resources are the most effective for citizenship education, a study has shown. The mapping study, conducted by the National Foundation of Educational Research (NFER), aimed to establish the links between citizenship education and the DCA’s priorities under their five year strategy.

Resources that ‘support and stimulate’ classroom discussion are conducive to citizenship education because discussion is widely used in citizenship lessons, the study maintained. Various Citizenship Foundation resources are cited in the report, such as the Young Citizen’s Passport and the ‘Understanding Citizenship’ textbooks.

Training and support for citizenship teachers was identified as a crucial area for development, as was raising awareness of citizenship resources. It was recommended that the DCA explore training and development in relation to continued professional development, training media and professional associations such as the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT). It is also suggested that an advisory group is set up to assist the DCA in taking forward the findings of the study.

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