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The Citizen in Teaching and Education

Student Identity and Citizenship


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction to the Problem, Theory and Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 3-36
  3. Historical Review of Education and Citizenship Late 1800s–2010s

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
  4. Interview Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 211-218
    3. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 219-233
    4. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 235-249
    5. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 251-264
    6. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 265-278
    7. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 279-292
    8. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 293-310
    9. Ralph Leighton, Laila Nielsen
      Pages 311-344
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 345-364

About this book


This book examines the importance, and potential, of citizenship education, using extensive qualitative data from England and Sweden. The authors draw on the work of Nira Yuval-Davis and other prominent scholars in the field to frame citizenship as membership of numerous communities, for example disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class. This intersectional approach enables a rich understanding of the experiences and capabilities of young people, and bridges the gap between the formal meaning and real experiences of citizenship. The book presents case studies from England and Sweden, two contexts that have similar societies and school systems but very different approaches to citizenship education. Using this rich data, the authors illuminate the perspectives of young learners and their teachers to understand how learners can uphold their rights and responsibilities as citizens. This book will be of interest and value to scholars of social justice and citizenship education. 


National identity Citizenship Education Student identity Sweden England

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK
  2. 2.School of Education and CommunicationJönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden

About the authors

Ralph Leighton is Senior Lecturer in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 
Laila Nielsen is Senior Lecturer in History at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University, Sweden, where she trains pre-service teachers of history.

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