Enacting citizenship research at The Open University's (OU) Centre for
Citizenship, Identities and
Governance (CCIG) is helping to re-define the idea of citizenship by
contributing to policy and
public debates across Europe. These research ideas are being used by
European policymakers to
reform European citizenship policies. Activists across Europe are
increasingly using the research
to give them a vocabulary through which they can understand their
collective activism as European
Through active engagement in policy processes, systems research at
Lincoln produced a sustained change in governmental and third sector
approaches to citizenship education and hence citizen participation.
Translating and refining the initial concepts, a network of Third Sector
organisations and universities (including the researchers) ran successful
pilot projects to benefit more than 1,300 people. This led to the
inclusion of the `Take Part' concept in three government White Papers.
Pathways to impact were two national learning frameworks, an £8.7 million
programme (2009-2011), and a £0.77m capacity building cluster (2008-2013).
The programme reached over 18,000 people nationally, who became more
effectively involved in local democracy.
Research by Davies and others at York has clarified the views and
understandings of stakeholders of `citizenship' in the context of
citizenship education, and developed the case for an approach that has a
strong conceptual core (inspired by political literacy and incorporating
influences that emphasise communities and identities at local, national
and global levels) and which is contemporary, public, participative, and
reflective. Through UK and international networking and community building
exercises this characterization of citizenship education has impacted on:
curriculum policy discussions; classroom practice through the development
of teaching materials; teacher educators including initial and in-service
teacher education; and the work of professional organisations concerned
with citizenship education in schools and beyond.