Educating for peace? Citizenship education in Quebec and Northern Ireland

Ulrike Niens, Marie-Helene Chastenay

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    The article explores particularities of citizenship education in divided societies by comparing key concepts and theoretical frameworks underpinning citizenship education curricula in two divided societies, one of which could be described as relatively peaceful and the other as slowly emerging from political violence. A document analysis of the citizenship education curricula in both societies is conducted to compare differences and commonalities of attempts to promote citizenship and peaceful community relations. Conceptualizations of and interrelationships between citizenship, human rights, and peace education are explored in theory and curricular documents in both societies. The discussion reflects on the value of citizenship education in the context of community divisions and its possible impact on sustainable peace in divided societies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)519-540
    Number of pages22
    JournalComparative Education Review
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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