Education and Global Citizenship: Strategies from Below

By:
Dr. Jack Demaine
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The notion of globalization 'from below' involves the organisation of social forces and movements (voluntary and non-government) that seek to promote 'global civil society'; a notion of community beyond the territorial state committed to human rights, economic fairness, social justice and environmental sustainability. Education, and in particular citizenship education, is seen as a force for the development of useful knowledge for participants in the struggle for the benefits of globalization from below — but only if the curriculum is appropriately organised. Whilst many school-aged children demonstrate an enthusiastic sense of the global, fed by easy access to electronic modes of transmission of images and knowledges, it cannot be assumed that educators will be able to provide appropriate global citizenship education. Much more work is yet to be done if citizenship education is to bring about a revitalisation of political activity amongst the young who are implored to "think globally and act locally". This paper explores the possibilities and limitations on the development of citizenship education for globalization from below.


Keywords: Education, Citizenship, Globalization, Electronic Media
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Education and Global Citizenship


Dr. Jack Demaine

Programme Director, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University
UK

Jack Demaine was born in Lancashire, England in 1947. He was awarded a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Liverpool in 1979. His academic interests include education policy-making and politics; ethnicity and diversity; and the politics of citizenship education. He has written widely on education policy and on the politics of education. His publications include Citizenship and Political Education Today (Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming), Sociology of Education Today (Palgrave-Macmillan), Beyond Communitarianism: Citizenship, Politics and Education (Macmillan), Education Policy and Contemporary Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan), Contemporary Theories in the Sociology of Education (Macmillan) and Education Ethnicity and the Professional Socialisation of Teachers (UKTTA). He is executive editor of the journal International Studies in the Sociology of Education. Jack has been a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the Australian National University, and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Southern Illinois University. He has taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nottingham and he is currently a member of the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in England.

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