A different agenda

7th December 2007 at 00:00

The effectiveness of citizenship and enterprise education is being undermined by the "persistence of neo-liberal and neo-capitalist agendas", it has been claimed.

School-based case studies by Strathclyde University researcher Ross Deuchar underlined the many potential benefits of citizenship and enterprise in the classroom. Pupils developed a sense of community welfare, tolerance and political literacy, and their general motivation at school improved.

But Dr Deuchar warns against a "narrow" approach to enterprise and citizenship, which he links to international research suggesting that neo- liberal and neo-capitalist values "continue to influence educational practice".

"Narrow" citizenship, for example, might concentrate on local and national perspectives, whereas global perspectives should also be encompassed; it would see pupils merely taught about democracy, whereas they should be enacting the principles of democracy.

"Narrow" enterprise might prioritise business entrepreneurship over social entrepreneurship; it might also pit individualism against collectivism, rather than looking at how the two can operate simultaneously.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today