Civics and citizenship education: What have we learned and what does it mean for the future of Australian democracy?

Keith Heggart, James Arvanitakis, Ingrid Matthews
  • Education Citizenship and Social Justice, March 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1746197918763459

Current state of citizenship education in Australia

What is it about?

This article provides an analysis of the current state of civics and citizenship education in Australia, and why it is failing Australian students. It calls on educators to adopt a more maximal, activist approach to citizenship education.

Why is it important?

Having educated citizens is vital for Australia and, indeed, any democracy. Schools have an important role to play in developed educated citizens, so it is important that we adopt the most effective models of citizenship education.


Dr Keith Heggart
University of Technology Sydney

Civics and citizenship education is often overlooked with our focus on mathematics and English. I think that's the wrong approach - while being literate and numerate is hugely valuable, so too is being an active and informed member of Australian society. This article describes how we might encourage that.

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