|Editor||Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe|
In the UK there is a concern that young people no longer hold values supporting a stable society, and are ignorant of democratic processes. The reforms of the national curriculum focussed teachers' attention on specific subjects and overlooked personal, social and moral education. The new education for citizenship proposals for children aged from 5 to 16 intend to rectify this, emphasising social and moral education, community involvement and political literacy. This paper examines these proposals and other interpretations of education for citizenship, and explores the tensions between them. Because teachers are able to implement the new proposals in their own way, we need to understand their current beliefs and practices. The paper describes a small-scale in-depth study of teachers' perceptions of social, moral and cultural education, and reports on children's perceptions. The findings are related to current requirements and interpretations of citizenship education. Implications for teacher education and continuing professional development will be discussed.