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** News announcements made during the last month:

Using Debate to Promote Critical Thinking - 14 Jan 2005 (Secondary Strand)
A new research article entitled 'Using Debate to Promote Critical Thinking in Citizenship Education', written by Jessica Pykett of University of Bristol has been published today. The article can be found in the Secondary Strand - Commissioned Research Articles.

Primary Citizenship conference details announced - 20 Jan 2005 (Primary Strand)
The Citizenship Challenge: Identity and Diversity in the South West conference takes place on 04 Mar 2005 at Crossmeads Centre, Exeter. It is intended for those involved in training teachers KS1-3, tutors, teachers and NGO's. The aims of this conference are to allow participants to: * Explore issues of identity and cultural diversity in the South West * Develop a range of strategies for working with trainees and beginning teachers * Develop a sustainable network in the South West. More details, and booking form is available from the Conferences page.

Citizenship Courses - 31 Jan 2005 (Whole Project)
A list of PG level courses in Citizenship Education has been created and can be found on the 'Citizenship Courses' page. The list is quite small and almost certainly not comprehensive. We would welcome information of other courses in order to understand and inform about the breadth of current provision. Please contact admin@citized.info with additions or corrections.

AS Social Science Citizenship - An Introduction - 31 Jan 2005 (Post 16 Strand)
AS Social Science Citizenship - An Introduction is published today. In this short article Mike Mitchell, the Chief Examiner for the AQA Social Science Citizenship Course, introduces us to the nature of the course, including its Introduction; Structure; Assessment; Models of Delivery; and Teaching and Learning. Sources for further information are provided at the end of the article. The article can be found under Curriculum Resources in the Post 16 strand.

Trainee Briefing Papers - NC Matrix - 7 Jan 2005 (Cross Curricula Strand)
The Cross Curricula strand team have produced a matrix to use alongside the Trainee Briefing papers. This matrix shows the NC Programme of Study unit codes addressed by each paper in the series.

Citizenship through Humanities Conference Report - 10 Jan 2005 (Primary Strand)
A report on the second workshop organised by PENAC on 'Citizenship and Humanities, on December 14th 2004 in Leeds, can be found in the Conferences section of citizED. This was a thoroughly stimulating day devoted to developing Citizenship Education through History and Geography, facilitated by PENAC members Julia Tanner and Jacqui Dean, both from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Primary Design & Technology and Citizenship - 14 Jan 2005 (Primary Strand)
Cathy Growney (UCE) has written on the strong links between Design and Technology and Citizenship. She says "I believe Design and Technology provides an obvious site for Citizenship Education. I use specific examples from Initial Teacher Education, Continuing Professional Development and from primary schools to make the case that, as many technology educationalists have shown, aspects of Citizenship can be embedded through "values" in Design and Technology education." The paper can be found in the Commissioned Research section of the Primary Strand.

Review of AS Citizenship - 21 Jan 2005 (Post 16 Strand)
The numbers of students opting to follow the AS Citizenship course as part of their post-16 studies are increasing, with 1732 students completing the AS course in 2004 (www.aqa.org.uk). For those who have taught the AQA AS Social Science Citizenship specification (hereafter AS Citizenship) this textbook represents a welcome addition to the field. In previous years when teaching this course, planning has involved trawling through a range of related materials - including those linked to subjects such as Government and Politics, Law, and Sociology. Such research should now be a secondary strategy with the publication of this fine textbook (Reviewer: Andrew Peterson).

Sir Bernard Crick says... - 4 Jan 2005 (Whole Project)
"Training the trainers is crucial and I am delighted that citizED helps to do so in the full spirit of the original citizenship report that underpins and gives point to the statutory order".

New Tutor Induction Pack - KS2/3 Transition - 7 Jan 2005 (Whole Project)
A new Induction Pack for Teacher Tutors dealing with Education for Citizenship in relation to Transition from KS2 to 3 has been published. The induction pack has been written by Hilary Claire and Cathie Holden. The material aims to provide a context to consider transition from primary into secondary schools; identify and discuss the key issues involved in transition; provide exemplar material through which secondary trainees can consider how to build on work in primary schools; discuss approaches to effecting better transition and progression.

New feature in Primary Strand - Reviews of resources - 7 Jan 2005 (Primary Strand)
The Primary section of the CITIZED website has a new feature -reviews of resources to support Citizenship Education with the younger children. We are starting off with a review of a new publication from English Heritage - Citizenship - Using the evidence of the historic environment - a teacher's guide, which is highly recommended by Hilary Claire. Do keep an eye on the site as more reviews will be coming soon. If you know of a good new publication which you would like to review for the website please contact Hilary on h.claire@londonmet.ac.uk

** Updated resources during the last month:

Book Review - Post 16 Strand 21 Jan 2005 AS Citizenship
Author - Andrew Peterson (Canterbury Christ Church University College)
The numbers of students opting to follow the AS Citizenship course as part of their post-16 studies are increasing, with 1732 students completing the AS course in 2004 (www.aqa.org.uk). For those who have taught the AQA AS Social Science Citizenship specification (hereafter AS Citizenship) this textbook represents a welcome addition to the field. In previous years when teaching this course, planning has involved trawling through a range of related materials - including those linked to subjects such as Government and Politics, Law, and Sociology. Such research should now be a secondary strategy with the publication of this fine textbook.

Book Review - Post 16 Strand 21 Jan 2005 Channel 4 Life Stuff Website for 14-19 Year Olds
Author - Andrew Peterson (Canterbury Christ Church University College)
The Life Stuff website aims to support the teaching of Citizenship, PSHE and Careers Guidance. (This review will concentrate on the Citizenship aspects of the site)

Book Review - Primary Strand 7 Jan 2005 Citizenship: Using the evidence of the historic environment - A Teacher's Guide, 2004, English Heritage
Author - Hilary Claire (London Met)
The new publication from English Heritage: Citizenship: Using the evidence of the historic environment - A Teacher's Guide is an imaginative, well thought-out cross curricular resource. It starts with local history, which is relevant in the Foundation Stage and part of both KS1 and 2 primary history PoS, and demonstrates citizenship education working from the past to the present and into the future.

Other Report - Post 16 Strand 31 Jan 2005 AQA A/S Social Science Citizenship: An Introduction
Author - Mike Mitchell (Chief Examiner for the AQA)
In this short article Mike Mitchell, the Chief Examiner for the AQA Social Science Citizenship Course, introduces us to the nature of the course, including its Introduction; Structure; Assessment; Models of Delivery; and Teaching and Learning. Sources for further information are provided at the end of the article.

Commissioned Research Article - Secondary Strand 13 Jan 2005 Using Debate to Promote Critical Thinking in Citizenship Education
Author - Jessica Pykett (University of Bristol)
This research is based on a year long participant observation of a Citizenship PGCE course, undertaken as part of a PhD exploring the geographies of Citizenship Education from a social science perspective. The report aims to bring together the more theoretical elements of university-based training with the practical elements of school-based training. The central theme of the research is the use of debate to promote critical thinking in citizenship education. It is argued that using debate in classroom contexts and initial teacher training raises a number of important issues in terms of concepts of democracy and practices of pedagogy. These are integral to what is commonly termed 'critical thinking', but which is rarely that critical in practice. A number of concepts are explored which can be used to expand the knowledge base of Citizenship student teachers and teacher educators, by unpacking the terms 'debate', 'democracy' and 'critical thinking'. The report then presents and evaluates a variety of models of debate and discussion which have been observed in the Citizenship PGCE and in school-based practice.

Commissioned Research Article - Primary Strand 14 Jan 2005 Primary Design & Technology and Citizenship
Author - Cathy Growney (University of Central England)
This paper illustrates a personal view, of some of the strong links between Design and Technology and Citizenship. I believe Design and Technology provides an obvious site for Citizenship Education. I use specific examples from Initial Teacher Education, Continuing Professional Development and from primary schools to make the case that, as many technology educationalists have shown, aspects of Citizenship can be embedded through "values" in Design and Technology education.

** Announcements from other Organisations during the last month:

Tsunami - Educational support for teachers (Oxfam) - 10 Jan 2005
The disaster in Asia has shocked and saddened us all. Oxfam has put together online support for teachers that enables young people to explore and understand key issues relating to global catastrophes. You can access our free online Dealing with Disasters resource here: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/teachers/latest.htm. There is also information about what Oxfam is doing in the affected countries, and how schools can help. The site will be updated regularly, so bookmark this page, and pass the link to colleagues.

CERN website updated - 10 Jan 2005
The Citizenship Education Research Network (CERN) website has been recently updated with a number of new resources and links.

The Global Trainer: graduate certificate - 13 Jan 2005
DEA is offering a one year part-time distance learning course for trainers of educators, including those working with teachers, youth workers, community educators, FE and HE practitioners, NGO trainers and trade union educators. The course is delivered by the Development Education Association and accredited by the Institute of Education and commences autumn 2005. For further details, contact kate.damiral@dea.org.uk, tel: 020 7490 8108 or visit www.dea.org.uk/dea/training.html

MP's will be able to start their career from 18 - 31 Jan 2005
A recent e-newsletter from National Children's Bureau reports that the minimum age for standing as an MP is to be dropped from 21 to 18 at some point during the next parliament. The Electoral Commission has recommended the change. (Mail, 28 January 2005, p7; Mirror, 28 January 2005, p7; Telegraph, 28 January 2005, p2; Times, 28 January 2005, p4). The NCB offer a news round-up service (from which the above item comes) with a section on citizenship - more information at http://www.ncb-lists.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/pshe-network

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