National identity, citizenship and cosmopolitanism: unpacking the terms in British schooling. A work-in-progress

Johnson, Helen (2008) National identity, citizenship and cosmopolitanism: unpacking the terms in British schooling. A work-in-progress. (Discussion Paper) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University. 18 p.

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Issues of citizenship and national identity are present in all societies, even those that have regarded themselves as well established and secure, profound and urgent questions are now being asked in response to both internal and external factors. It is possible to explore one specific example as an illustration and vehicle for this discussion. In multi-ethnic Britain, citizenship and national identity have become important issues. Things once taken for granted have become a matter of public concern and debate. Specifically, 'What is Britishness'? is a question that has concerned government departments and agencies, educationalists - and the current British Prime Minister for some time. This general and abstract discussion has relevance for the role and work of teachers, especially for those where citizenship education and global thinking are declared governmental policy. So, all teachers, certainly British ones, whether involved in teaching citizenship or not, must consider the evolving national identity in the context of globalization and their concomitant values about diversity and cosmopolitanism that they embody as being part of their professional identity.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information: Education Discussion Paper, vol. 1. No. 1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: classroom practice
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Professional Education Research and Consultancy (CPERC)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education (until January 2013)
Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2009 09:07
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:47

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