British Educational Research Journal
The contributors to Children as Citizens: Education for Participation, edited by Cathie Holden and Nick Clough, are concerned with issues of equality, power and democracy. Their key questions are how children can be assisted (even taught) to become active citizens and what the obstacles are in the way of such participation - most of the chapters of Children as Citizens describe work in classrooms. It is principally this aspect of the book that will make it a welcome addition to the resources of teachers and student teachers.
The book would be useful for anyone involved in curriculum development who needs practical examples of ways to implement the Citizen 2000 initiative. It draws together models, ideas and much pratical material that can be used across all p hases, subjects and in a range of schools. The book encourages thought about pupil participation and argues for schools to be more proactive and innovative.