A couple of weekends ago I went to the 2007 Citized International Conference on Citizenship Education held at The Centre for Research and Teaching in Civics at the University of Sydney. Loads in interesting people, including Dr. Libby Tudball from Monash University brought together around the theme of citenship eduation. Audrey Osler gave a really interesting and, for some, challenging presentation on cosmopolitan citizenship. Sir Bernard Crick, credited with the construction of the UK's humanist citizenship curriculum, gave a spirited account of the development of the curriculum.
Listening and watching the range of presentations brought it home to me how important a discussion of literacy, texts and textual practices is for any concept of an active and participatory citizenry.