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Critical Global Citizenship for Deliberative Democracies

Maureen Ellis

Internationalisation and the quest for Cosmopolitan Education are complementary focuses in mainstream education across the world. British policy documents on the global dimension highlight eight key domains: Global Citizenship, Social justice, Conflict resolution, Interdependence, Human Rights, Diversity, Sustainable Development, Values and perceptions. The GCESD (Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development) framework affords flexible appropriations for widely differing educational contexts and climes, uniting initiatives in eco-pedagogy and more communitarian forms of Citizenship Studies. This paper seeks to address urgent demands for holistic vision, policy and leadership beyond the global contradictions and challenges of nationalism and neoliberalism. An enriched GCESD curriculum, requires extended readings of 'lifelong learning', 'text', and 'identity'. European citizenship it is argued, can only be part of a coherent global programme, linking Development Education to Millenium Development Goals, drawing on conceptual frameworks such as the global dimension offered by Oxfam and DfES. Research involving over 500 initial teachers and practitioners, revealed scope for professional development to include critical understandings through media, political, economic and environmental literacies. The speaker will share new insights, research tools, and evaluation criteria, which offer a means to build the Global Community so essential for genuine Communication through Transformative learning.

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