How are young Australians learning about politics at school? The student perspective

Zareh Ghazarian, Jacqueline Laughland-Booy, Chiara De Lazzari, Zlatko Skrbis

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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 political system via a civics and citizenship curriculum. Despite this, official data suggests that current approaches may not be providing young Australians with the level of understanding they require to be active and informed citizens. In this paper, we present a study of Australian school leavers who were interviewed about the civics and citizenship education they received while at school. The first-hand experiences of these young people have enabled us to highlight potential problems with how the curriculum is being delivered and identify ways of improving the political knowledge of young people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-208
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Youth Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Australia
  • Civics and citizenship
  • First-time voters
  • Political knowledge
  • Young people

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