Towards a strategy for citizenship education in the adult and community sector
It has long been a contention of many in the citizenship education area that there is a vital need for citizenship education- focused work, not just with school students, 16-19 year-olds and new-comers (as covered by the late Sir Bernard Crick’s three landmark reports), but, more broadly, through adult and community education. To this end, there have been two important recent developments, both of which have been led by NIACE, the National Institute for Adult and Community Education.
The first of these was the publication, just before Christmas, of Tom Schuller's major inquiry The Future for Lifelong Learning in which is proposed a ‘citizens' curriculum' that can be accessed by adult learners, wherever they are based.
The second has been the publication this week of a new book Taking Part - Active Learning for Active Citizenship and Beyond, edited by Marjorie Mayo and John Annette, and to which the Citizenship Foundation's Chief Executive Dr Tony Breslin has contributed a chapter. The book pulls together lessons from the Active Learning for Active Citizenship programme that has grown into the Take Part initiative, supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Anybody interested in the field of adult citizenship education should read Taking Part and the report from Schuller's vital inquiry.