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Visualizing civic values: Representations of idealized citizenship behaviours in images found in Nepalese social studies textbooks

Shah, R, Brett, P ORCID: 0000-0003-3519-0345 and Thomas, D ORCID: 0000-0001-6400-6901 2020 , 'Visualizing civic values: Representations of idealized citizenship behaviours in images found in Nepalese social studies textbooks' , Citizenship Teaching & Learning, vol. 15, no. 1 , pp. 77-99 , doi: 10.1386/ctl_00021_1.

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Abstract

Citizenship and political education has increasingly been identified as an important component in educating young people for democratic citizenship. The National Curriculum Framework for School Education in Nepal 2007, the Nepalese social studies school curriculum, and textbooks explicitly underline the promotion of a democratic system and culture along with the development of civic and citizenship skills among Nepalese citizens. This article reports on a qualitative analysis of selected civic awareness images in Nepalese social studies textbooks using a ‘visual grammar’ framework. The analysis reveals that the images attempt to promote a message of national unity and respect for diversity in the country. However, the low quality black and white images and textbooks have some adverse teaching and learning implications for teachers and students and tend towards idealized representations.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shah, R and Brett, P and Thomas, D
Keywords: Nepalese teachers, citizenship and political education, civic values, idealized representations, social studies textbooks, textbook images, visual grammar framework
Journal or Publication Title: Citizenship Teaching & Learning
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
ISSN: 1751-1917
DOI / ID Number: 10.1386/ctl_00021_1
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Copyright 2020 Intellect Ltd.

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