Political literacy

Bochel, Hugh (2009) Political literacy. In: Active learning and active citizenship: theoretical contexts. C-SAP The Higher Education Academy Network, pp. 150-168. ISBN 1902191382

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Abstract

This chapter draws upon a range of ideas and debates and seeks to place these in the context of ‘political literacy’ as defined in the Crick Report: ‘… learning about and how to make themselves effective in public life through knowledge, skills and values…'. ‘Political literacy’ is therefore not simply concerned with describing or even analysing political institutions and government, but is about being able to have an input and being able to exercise rights and responsibilities.

Although, as noted elsewhere, the Crick Report (1998: 11) identified three main areas for ‘effective education for citizenship’ – social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy – there is considerable overlap between concerns with ‘political literacy’ and
concerns with ‘active citizenship’, and, indeed, for many people there is little or no distinction to be made between the two. This chapter therefore inevitably draws upon ideas and debates from the wider agenda, although it seeks to place these in the context of ‘political literacy’ as defined in the Crick Report (1998: 13.

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Additional Information:This chapter draws upon a range of ideas and debates and seeks to place these in the context of ‘political literacy’ as defined in the Crick Report: ‘… learning about and how to make themselves effective in public life through knowledge, skills and values…'. ‘Political literacy’ is therefore not simply concerned with describing or even analysing political institutions and government, but is about being able to have an input and being able to exercise rights and responsibilities. Although, as noted elsewhere, the Crick Report (1998: 11) identified three main areas for ‘effective education for citizenship’ – social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy – there is considerable overlap between concerns with ‘political literacy’ and concerns with ‘active citizenship’, and, indeed, for many people there is little or no distinction to be made between the two. This chapter therefore inevitably draws upon ideas and debates from the wider agenda, although it seeks to place these in the context of ‘political literacy’ as defined in the Crick Report (1998: 13.
Keywords:Politics, Political literacy, Citizenship, Crick Report
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:2983
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:22 Jul 2010 19:23
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:42

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