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Exploration of the Concept and Contents of Citizenship Education for Upper Secondary Students in Punjab, Pakistan


A critical Discourse Analysis
Confirmation of Candidature presentation by Rehana Kousar

Start Date

25th Sep 2017 1:30pm

End Date

25th Sep 2017 2:15pm


Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119 Video

This study will explore curriculum, textbooks, study materials and classroom experiences of citizenship education as experienced by the higher secondary/upper secondary students in Punjab, Pakistan and the associated power dynamics and imbalances across this pedagogical 1andscape.It will seek to build upon insights within the theoretical field of critical discourse analysis (COA). COA suggests that a text can be analysed in three dimensions; description, interpretation and explanation. Paralleling COA approaches, this research will focus firstly on textual analysis of the curriculum, textbooks and study materials that teacher's use to teach the higher secondary students (grades 11and 12 or 16-19 year olds). Secondly on pedagogies and teaching strategies used by the teachers to interpret textual information in order to develop citizenship among students.  Pedagogies at one level are simple tools for  teaming  but  on  another level, they  construct learning  in  very  particular  ways  and  make assumptions about  how  learning  takes  place (Kennedy, 2010).  Thirdly, it will focus on students' Interpretations towards citizenship education and active participation in the society. This group of students is on the cusp of adult citizenship. Very soon, they will be voting in their own right and participating in national and local democratic processes.  Other studies of CE in Pakistan have generally focused on younger primary and secondary students.