Teaching (about) Britishness? An investigation into trainee teachers' understanding of Britishness in relation to citizenship and the discourse of civic nationalism

Lee Jerome, Gary Clemitshaw

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    Abstract

    This research was prompted by the developing political discourse proposing the teaching of Britishness and British values in the context of the United Kingdom. This discourse will be reviewed in the first part of the article, in the context of previous work which has sought to assess how Britishness and related concepts might be promoted through education. The second part will be based on questionnaire responses from a sample of students following post-graduate initial teacher training programmes in a number of higher education partnerships. It indicates that, while political discourse and educational policy have sensitised trainee teachers to the agenda, there remains a deep uncertainty and misgiving about this as an educational objective.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-41
    Number of pages23
    JournalCurriculum Journal
    Volume23
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

    Keywords

    • Britishness
    • citizenship education
    • diversity
    • identity
    • patriotism

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