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In order to confidently participate in the democratic process, citizens from liberal democracies require knowledge about how their nation’s system of politics and government functions. For the past 30 years, successive Australian governments have endeavoured to educate school students about the...
Civics and citizenship education (CCE) can empower young people as citizens. However, CCE is a complex area of school education, with research, curriculum and school systems unable to provide a clear direction on how CCE should be taught and learnt. This is because concepts that define CCE, such...
The point of departure for this article is the failed attempt in Australia in 2018 to lower the voting age below 18. The focus is on citizenship and how particular representations of children and young people are used to justify not giving young people the vote. I draw on the theory of...
This article critically examines the role new media can play in the political engagement of young people in Australia. Moving away from “deficit” descriptions, which assert low levels of political engagement among young people, it argues two major points. First, that there is a well-established...
Political polarisation over anthropogenic climate change (ACC) is an important barrier to climate action in countries such as Australia and the USA. Given the rising concerns expressed by younger people globally over the existential threat posed by global warming, are political divisions over...
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