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ERIC Number: EJ879769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
Educating the World: Teachers and Their Work as Defined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Harper, Helen; Dunkerly, Judith
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v12 n1 p56-65 2009
In our times globalization and cosmopolitanism are terms that speak to the intensification of border-crossing, and in connection to education, to the global conditions and possibilities that are directing change in learning and teaching. Much of this change demands a rethinking of the identity of the teacher and a revisioning of the work of teaching (Luke, 2004, Tierney, 2006). This paper looks to one intergovernmental, transnational site, already heavily involved in international relations, where this rethinking might find productive ground: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In a critical examination of key public documents, it is evident that in some instances UNESCO seems to be moving toward a notion of "teacher" framed not by national interests supported by the global community--the more traditional role taken by the UN and UNESCO--but, by global interests and initiatives with regard to world citizens. This is critical, and if what we are seeing is indeed real, it represents a shift towards a more cosmopolitan identity for 21st century educators.
Teachers College, Columbia University. International and Transcultural Studies, P.O. Box 211, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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