Working with schools: active citizenship for undergraduate students

Clark, Wayne, Gifford, Chris, Watt, Paul and Koster, Shirley (2008) Working with schools: active citizenship for undergraduate students. In: University life uncovered: making sense of the university experience. Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Social Policy and Social Work, Southampton, pp. 94-103. ISBN 9780854328901

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This paper presents research findings from the ‘Working with Schools: Active Citizenship for Undergraduate Social Science Students’ project. The project involved collaboration between three new universities, two of which introduced citizenship modules incorporating an ‘active citizenship’ component. The aim of the modules was to enrich the undergraduate understanding and experience of citizenship through practical activities working in and with schools and colleges, particularly those institutions serving disadvantaged communities. An extensive evaluation of the project was undertaken and this paper focuses on the research findings from one of the universities which introduced a first-year ‘Citizenship and Identity’ module. The module included an ‘active citizenship’ component involving students facilitating school council conferences. The research findings illustrate issues around student engagement with citizenship, both as an academic subject and in relation to students’ reflective capacities and skills vis-à-vis citizenship in broader terms. The project represented an innovative intervention in local communities that had many positive outcomes, but it also posed challenges for staff and students.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 11:38
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2011 11:38

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