Global Education and Global Citizenship: Widening the Scope of Civic Education


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This article presents numerous case studies that shed light on how schools, colleges and universities have defined, articulated and pursued the concept of ‘global citizenship’ in mission statements, strategies, academic programs and extracurricular activities. The findings are based on interviews with teachers, administrators and students from educational institutions that have taken initiatives related specifically to ‘global citizenship.’ The case studies illustrate the myriad approaches to global citizenship that are emerging at different levels of education. While programs for elementary school children focus especially on language learning and begin to inspire students to think about global interdependence and cross-cultural empathy, global citizenship programs in secondary schools provide students with exposure to world history and literature and often take the additional step of impressing upon students the challenges they will face as professionals in the global marketplace. Colleges and universities, meanwhile, play a crucial role in global citizenship education; not only do university global citizenship programs offer students the opportunity to gain much more sophisticated understandings of foreign policy dilemmas, urgent global problems, and the political, economic and cultural dynamics that contribute to globalization in all its forms, but overseas immersion programs help students build the bridge between thought and action and begin to situate themselves, in tangible and meaningful ways, as member of a global community. Further collaboration and information sharing among schools, colleges, and universities promises to strengthen global education initiatives as well as the challenge of measuring the impact of educational programs focused on global citizenship.


Arts and Humanities | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | International and Comparative Education | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

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