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What Is Geography's Contribution to Making Citizens?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalGeography
Volume93
Issue number1
DatePublished - Mar 2008

Abstract

This article is the result of some early work of the Geographical Association's Citizenship Working Group (CWG) which was established in September 2006 to support the development of the citizenship dimension of geography education. The group invited a number of geographers to write short 'viewpoint' essays responding to the question: what is geography's contribution to making citizens? (The original versions are posted at www.geography.org.uk/aboutus/committeesworkinggroups/citizenshipwg.) Our work has also been informed by David Lambert's contribution to the Secondary Geography Handbook (Lambert, 2006) and Jon Anderson's research for his forthcoming book Cultural Geography: Places and Traces (Anderson, forthcoming). This article draws out some of the themes of these articles through a question and answer format which addresses what we mean by 'citizenship', how it is 'geographical', how it is changing, what's new about 'citizenship education' in the UK, what this means for school pupils and their teachers, and what we therefore believe geography's contribution to making citizens might be. Though the question and answer format may seem to imply that there are clear answers to these questions, we hope the article will prompt argument and discussion about geography's relationship to citizenship.

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