What is done in different national contexts to educate for the nation?

Supervisor: Professor Ian Davies

A) Rationale for the project

Citizens have a legal and political status. They also have an identity that may or may not overlap with that status. They may do certain things as an expression of the rights, duties and identities associated with their nation state. What do teachers and students understand by the phrase ‘national citizenship’ and do they see their work connecting to it? What actions in and beyond classrooms are undertaken by teachers and students to inform and develop their sense of national citizenship?

B) References that should be read (if you do not have access to these, please email ian.davies@york.ac.uk)

Anderson, B. (1991). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism. London, UK: Verso.

Chong, E. K. M., Davies, I., Epstein, T., Peck, C., Peterson, A., Ross, A., ... Sonu, D. (2015). Education, globalization and the nation state. Palgrave Macmillan.

Colley, L. (1992). Britons: forging the nation 1707-1837. London, Pimlico.

C) Research aims / questions

How do teachers and students characterize the nation?

Are teachers and students involved in education about and for the nation?

D) Methods

A literature review will identify key issues that will allow for qualitative data collection involving teachers and students. The project will necessarily involve research across national boundaries.