Chapter 15

Values, ethics and citizenshipeducation

Mark A. Pike

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

Ethics and citizenship education

In Democracy and Education John Dewey observed that ‘democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living’ (Dewey, 1966/2002: 101). On this view, citizenship education is not simply about politics, it concerns how we live our lives. It concerns ethics because it is not just about how we live our lives, but concerns how we should live our lives. The term ‘Education for Democratic Citizenship’ (EDC) describes how certain people believe we should live, it does not simply denote education about democracy but education for democracy. Such an educational project is committed to the inculcation of ...

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