Creating a Democratic Culture through high quality curriculum and teaching
The Council of Europe Competency Framework for Democratic Culture
The Council of Europe recently supported the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) to lead a small project to consult with teachers in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about a competency framework developed to support education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding.
The Council of Europe has identified four key purposes of education:
In this article Lee Jerome, Associate professor of Education, reports on an interview with Liz Moorse, Chief Executive of Act, about the activities of Democratic Life, which has played an instrumental role in bringing about this change in fortune.
Do the growing number of opportunities for young people to civically engage online have an impact on their engagement beyond the web? Shakuntala Banaji outlines the findings of a cross-European research project and highlights some of the implications for Citizenship teachers.
The 'Having a Say' Citizenship resources have been developed by ACT with support from the Historical Association, the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office. They form part of a wider set of history and Citizenship resources to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
Today we are delighted that new Citizenship and History teaching resources have been published for secondary schools.www.suffrageresources.org.uk
The resources have been developed by ACT and the Historical Association with support from the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office as part of work to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
Philip Cowley, Professor of Parliamentary Government at the University of Nottingham and Rob Ford, Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, reflect on the foibles of voters and remind us of the human nature of politics and elections. This is helpful for teachers when looking at voter behaviour.
Dr Cristina Leston-Bandeira (School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies at the University of Hull) shares some useful information on a Speaker’s Commission exploring the role of digital technology in enhancing the work of parliament, and strengthening the connection between parliament and citizens. This will help teachers when looking at the UK Parliamentary system and how it works.
Jonathan Birdwell, Head of the Citizenship and Political Participation programme at Demos, and Kate Kipling, former ESRC research fellow at Demos, write about some highlights from a recent Demos report and draw out some of the implications for citizenship education.
Workshops and seminars explored teaching themes including democracy, critical media literacy, fake news, British Values, student voice, political literacy, voting and youthquake. Five organisations also provided taster sessions and teaching tips.