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A 'seamless enactment' of citizenship education

McCowan, Tristan (2009) A 'seamless enactment' of citizenship education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 43 (1). pp. 85-99. ISSN 0309-8249

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Abstract

Educational undertakings are subject to disjunctures at three separate stages: in the creation of curricular programmes, in the implementation of these curricula in practice and in their effects on students. These disjunctures are the result of complex `leaps' between ends and means, and between ideal and real. This article proposes a response in the form of `seamless enactment', applied here to citizenship education. Seamless enactment involves, first, the harmonisation of the principles underlying the different stages in the passage of the curriculum, avoiding problematic tensions between, for example, democratic aims and undemocratic teaching practices. Second, it requires the involvement of teachers and students in the design and development of the educational initiative, as well as in its implementation. Taken to its fullest extent, seamless enactment involves a unification of the separate stages, leading to the collapsing of the curricular transposition framework onto a single point. Finally, some possible justifications for and potential objections to the notion are considered.

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Additional Information: This article presents a philosophical exploration of the challenges of implementing citizenship education. The concept of ‘seamless enactment’ is proposed as a response to problematic disjunctures in the curriculum. Seamless enactment involves, first, the harmonisation of principles, avoiding problematic tensions between, for example, democratic aims and undemocratic teaching practices. Second, it requires the involvement of teachers and students in the design and development of the educational initiative, as well as in its implementation. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010 11:28
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:08
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2529

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