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Student teachers perception of citizenship education at a Fiji Teachers College

Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2012) Student teachers perception of citizenship education at a Fiji Teachers College. UNSPECIFIED.

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Farouk and Husin (2011, p. 154) state that it is important that students ‘internalise that democracy is not a spectator’s sport and consequently value active citizenship as an indispensable element in public life’. This statement makes particular mention in the chapter and congruent with the author’s belief of how citizenship education and notions involving values should be taught. It advocates active participation, and experience oriented teaching-learning methods for citizenship education and civic responsibility, than passive teaching-learning processes. As various fundamental principles of democratic life are being threatened both on a national and international scale, education is increasingly being expected to provide the response and possible answers. Teachers and teacher education then become crucial elements to citizenship education, which may include the focus of teacher education courses and perhaps vitally, the characteristics of teachers themselves. This paper incorporates (Xiao & Tong’s, 2010, p. 45) definition of citizenship education as ‘any educational experience that promotes the growth of individuals in regard to their civic capacities’. This study aims to investigate why student teachers think citizenship education is important, how it needs to be implemented, and what contents they perceive to be core to citizenship education. It is based on a survey conducted at a Teachers’ College in Suva, Fiji, involving 35 participants. It will be referred to as Teachers College X hereafter.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2013 23:34
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 23:49

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