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Human rights education: developing a theoretical understanding of teachers’ responsibilities
School of Education, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Queensland, St Lucia Queensland, Australia.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3812-0652
2018 (English)In: Educational review (Birmingham), ISSN 0013-1911, E-ISSN 1465-3397Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The United Nations (UN) asserts that children and young people should have access to human rights education (HRE) and that schools are one of the key means through which HRE should be made available. However, there is currently limited knowledge about the presence and form of HRE in school contexts, and there is no established means through which HRE provision within schools is evaluated. This paper proposes a theoretical framework to support the classification of teachers’ responsibilities in relation to HRE and argues that systemic change is needed within education systems if HRE provision is to be realised in more extensive and consistent ways. The curriculum documents of three nations – Australia, England and Sweden – were analysed to determine teacher responsibilities for educating pupils about human rights. The viability of the developed framework was then tested through applying it to the outcomes of these analyses. The theoretical contribution made by the paper deepens knowledge and understandings about the nature of responsibilities placed on teachers to educate pupils about human rights, and provides a foundation from which to stimulate debate about what constitutes effective school-based HRE practices.

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Routledge, 2018.
Keywords [en]
human rights, teacher responsibilities, human rights education, HRE
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Educational Sciences
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69056DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2018.1495182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69056DiVA, id: diva2:1250872
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Utbildning som växthus för barns och ungas mänskliga rättigheter
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Swedish Research Council, 2013-2129Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2018-09-26Bibliographically approved

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