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Civics and citizenship: Research findings on students' perceptions of political awareness and the characteristics of a 'good citizen'
by Harry C.J. Phillips & Wally Moroz

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.2 pp.13-19

Harry C.J. Phillips and Wally Moroz describe the background to the recent regeneration of interest in citizenship education and report on their research into Western Australian students' perceptions of political awareness and the characteristics of a 'good citizen'.

Dilemmas and opportunities for the young, active citizen; and Citiz-speak: Any advance on Cicero?
by David Owen

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.20-23

David Owen discusses some of the contradictions that derive from the nature of citizenship and its active variant and also looks at the peculiar language of citizenship.

Schools as public institutions: Students & citizenship
by Marie Brennan

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.24-26

Marie Brennan questions the current focus on curriculum as a means of learning about citizenship and suggests that students should participate actively in 'defining the culture and organisation of the institution of schooling'.

What do we mean by student participation?
by Roger Holdsworth

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.26-27

Roger Holdsworth has been involved in student participation for many years, most prominently in his role as the editor and publisher of Connect, the newsletter supporting student participation. Last year, in his 93rd issue of Connect, Roger reviewed the concept of student participation.

Whereas the (mostly male?) people - Addressing the gender imbalance in public life; and Case Study: Activists in school uniform
by Susan Munter

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.28-31

Part of the challenge of the development of civics and citizenship education is to work towards rectifying the historical under-representation of women in public life. This article and accompanying case study show that gains are already being made through programs such as the NSW Schools in Parliament program and through the initiatives of individual schools like action-oriented St Rita's in Brisbane.

Adulthood: Is it just a question of age?
by Terry Ryall

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.32-33

While adulthood is not a prerequisite to active citizenship, it is interesting to look at the range of young people's perceptions of when that age of ultimate responsibility is reached. From the UK, Terry Ryall, reports on the findings of her research on young people's perceptions of the ages and identifiers of adulthood, and their implications for those working in the youth field. Terry's article was in response to one by Australian Judith Bessant, writing in 'Young People Now', about delayed adulthood and the sociological and economic issues associated with the ability of young people to take up full citizenship roles.

Leaving the nest, NOT! How young people, with parental support, are living at home longer
by Bob Ellis

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.34-36

During the past decade the issue of young people leaving home has been an emotive theme in public debate and the subject of much research. The topic features in discussions and explanations of homeless children, street kids, the underclass and youth crime. In these debates, however, it is not only young people who are the topic of discussion - it is also their parents.

Shopping centre development and Youth Consultations
by Nicole Robins

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.37-38

In this rare tale about a major new retail and entertainment centre, Nicole Robins reports on the highly productive results of putting the horse before the cart - that is, consultation between the developer and local youth representative organisations in the early planning stages of the development.

Structural reforms and social implications: The impact of local government amalgamations on youth work
by Judith Bessant and Michael Emslie

Youth Studies Australia, v.15 n.1 pp.39-43

Amalgamation of local government areas has been a trend in several States over the past few years. In this review of the recent experience in Victoria, Judith Bessant and Michael Emslie look at the structural reform process and report on a survey of the effects of amalgamation on youth work and services. They question both the need for reform and the benefit to youth workers accruing from the amalgamations.