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ERIC Number: EJ1167832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1756-526X
The Influence of Possible Selves on Global Citizenship Identification
Blake, Marion E.; Reysen, Stephen
International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, v6 n3 p63-78 2014
We examined the influence of a "possible self" activity on antecedents, identification, and outcomes of global citizenship. Participants wrote about either hoped-for selves as active global citizens, feared selves as inactive global citizens, or a typical day (control) and then answered questions to gauge their global citizen identification. Results show that the saliency of a feared self as an inactive global citizen led to greater identification with the global citizen identity. A structural equation model shows that feared self (vs hoped-for self) predicted greater global citizenship identification, through the perception of one's normative environment as prescribing a global citizen identity and global awareness. Global citizenship identification predicted greater endorsement of prosocial values and behaviours (e.g., intergroup empathy and helping). The results support the use of a "feared self" activity to engender global citizenship identification and prosocial values in students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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