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Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia

Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia: Challenges, Practices and International Perspectives

by Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson is Senior Lecturer in History and Civic Education at the University of South Australia, Australia. He is the author of Global Learning and Education (with Paul Warwick, 2014) and Civic Republicanism and Civic Education (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Libby Tudball

Libby Tudball is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Faculty of Education at the Monash University in Victoria, Australia. She is the national President of the Social and Citizenship Education Association of Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474248228
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-4819-8 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-4821-1 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-4820-4 (epub)

    978-1-4742-4822-8 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
  • Published Online:
    2019
Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia
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Civics and Citizenship Education in Australia provides a comprehensive analysis of teaching and learning in this field in Australian schools, drawing on case study material to demonstrate the current practice in the field. Reflecting on the issues and possibilities raised by the inclusion of civics and citizenship education in the new national Australian curriculum, leading national and international scholars analyse the subject’s theoretical, curricular and pedagogical bases and approaches.

Placing civics and citizenship education within historical and contemporary contexts, the book critically explores a range of issues concerning the development, organisation and teaching of the subject. These include how the subject might include indigenous, global and Asian perspectives, and how it may help students to engage with issues around sustainability, active citizenship, diversity, religion and values. The final chapters written by scholars from England, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore adopt a comparative approach situating Australian civics and citizenship education in the wider international context.