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ERIC Number: EJ1103337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May-16
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
"Are" WE the World? A Critical Reflection on Selfhood in U.S. Global Citizenship Education
Wang, Chenyu; Hoffman, Diane M.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v24 n56 May 2016
Although much debate exists on the conceptualization, nature, and goals of global citizenship education, there has been widespread support for incorporating ideals of global citizenship into the practices, texts, and curricula of U.S. schools and universities. This article offers an interpretive discourse-based critique of ideas of selfhood underlying global citizenship education. Based on analyses of two U.S. high school curricula and materials available on websites devoted to global citizenship, we develop a critique of universalizing constructs of selfhood that underlie global citizenship discourse. These assumptions obscure reflection on dynamics of social class privilege that shape global citizenship activism and situate global citizenship education as a potentially counter-productive neoliberal discourse. The article concludes with recommendations for practitioners interested in developing a more self-reflective and critical global citizenship education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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