Social Justice and Citizenship in Scottish Education

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Abstract / Description of output

Social justice features prominently in Scottish policy discourse but, to date, there has been little work examining the extent to which high level policy goals are being achieved in practice. In this chapter, Riddell provides a critical analysis of the aspirations and outcomes of Scottish policy in this field. She first reviews some of the key principles underpinning understandings of social justice and citizenship, and the way in which these principles are reflected within Scottish educational policy. This is followed by a discussion of the extent to which the processes and outcomes of Scottish education reflect the principles of social justice and active citizenship. Examples are drawn from different fields of education policy and practice, including higher education, additional support needs and citizenship education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave International Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Social Justice
EditorsAndrew Peterson, Robert Hattam, Michalinos Zembylas, James Arthur
PublisherPalgrave Macmillian
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-51507-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-51506-3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Scottish education
  • social justice
  • citizenship


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