Diversity, Group Identity, and Citizenship Education in a Global Age

Mar. 14, 2008

Source: Educational Researcher, Vol. 37, No. 3, 129-139 (2008)

Worldwide immigration and quests for rights by minority groups have caused social scientists and educators to raise serious questions about liberal assimilationist conceptions of citizenship that historically have dominated citizenship education in nation-states.

The author of this article challenges liberal assimilationist conceptions of citizenship and citizenship education. He argues that citizenship education should be reformed so that it reflects the home cultures and languages of students from diverse groups, and he contends that group rights can help individuals to attain structural equality. In the final part of the article, he discusses the implications of his analysis for transforming citizenship education.

Updated: Sep. 17, 2008