Citizenship Education in Northern Ireland: beyond national identity?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

73 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The introduction of citizenship education to the curriculum of all schools in Northern Ireland is one way of underpinning a long-term commitment to democratic politics as part of a fragile peace process. However, the concept of citizenship requires careful consideration in a society where there are different loyalties that give rise to conflict over the future constitutional status of the society itself. Neither British nor Irish national identity provides the basis for a ‘patriotic’ model of citizenship that could be accepted in all schools. This article describes the commitments and confidence-building measures contained in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and its implications for developing a concept of citizenship that might transcend the two main nationalisms that exist in Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-31
JournalCambridge Journal of Education
Volume33
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • citizenship education
  • conflict
  • Northern Ireland

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Citizenship Education in Northern Ireland: beyond national identity?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this