Successful learning requires human relations between educators and learners that are freely chosen, based on trust and mutual respect, in which learners feel safe, supported and then challenged, so that they become better at learning. So learning about citizenship is not simply a matter of pursuing a course of study. It is an experience and a practice that changes our identities; we become citizens when we are treated and valued as citizens.
Frank Coffield and Bill Williamson
Coffield, F. & Williamson, B. (2011). From Exam Factories to Communities of Discovery: The democratic route, University of London, Institute of Education.