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NCJ Number: 212178 Find in a Library
Title: Children and Citizenship
Author(s): Jean Hine
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Information and Publications Group
United Ki
Date Published: August 2004
Page Count: 51
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London SW1H 9AT, England
Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1 84473 240 1
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Communication Development Unit
Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Room 264, Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study explored the understanding of citizenship held by children in England and Wales.
Abstract: The study was undertaken as a small complimentary study to the National Evaluation of On Track, a pilot project in England and Wales providing interventions for children and families who reside in areas of high deprivation and high crime. This report presents findings related to how children understand citizenship using three dimensions of citizenship: social and moral responsibility, community involvement, and political literacy. Participants were 269 children aged 7 through 15 years who were interviewed via focus groups regarding their feelings and views about the dimensions of citizenship and their notion of civic responsibility, including how children develop identities as citizens. Results of qualitative analysis revealed that the children displayed the same range of views and opinions about citizenship as would be expected of adults. Several key findings emerged from the research, including the fact that many of children expressed the desire for a safe place to play and grow up. Children generally expressed an understanding for the need for rules and usually complied with the rules because they thought it was the right thing to do. Children were quick to note inconsistencies in the enforcement and fairness of rules, particularly in school settings. Most children also displayed an interest in and knowledge of political issues, though many expressed cynicism about national or local politics. Overall, the research highlighted the breadth of knowledge about citizenship among children and also indicated the ability of children to critique the political process. References, appendix, table
Main Term(s): Citizenship education
Index Term(s): Child development; England; Wales
Note: Home Office Online Report 08/04; downloaded November 28, 2005.
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