Teaching Global Citizenship
A Canadian Perspective
Teaching Global Citizenship brings together perspectives from former and current teachers from across Canada to tackle the unique challenges surrounding educating for global awareness. The contributors discuss strategies for encouraging young people to cultivate a sense of agency and global responsibility. Reflecting on the educator’s experience, each chapter engages with critical questions surrounding teaching global citizenship, such as how to help students understand and navigate the tension at the heart of global citizenship between universalism and pluralism, and how to do so without frightening, regressing, mythicizing, imposing, or colonizing. Based on narrative inquiry, the contributors convey their insights through stories from their classroom experiences, which take place in diverse educational settings: from New Brunswick to British Columbia to Nunavut, in rural and urban areas, and in public and private schools.
Covering a broad range of topics surrounding the complexity of educating for global citizenship, this timely text will benefit those in education, global citizenship, curriculum development, and social studies courses across Canada.
- grounded in narrative inquiry, experiential learning, and teacher-based research
- includes study questions at the end of each chapter
- written by teachers for teachers with the accessibility of the material, diverse voices, and a broad spectrum of classroom settings in mind
“The contributors to Teaching Global Citizenship have produced a treasure trove. Their abiding commitment to improving their practices, for assuming responsibility for humanity’s future, and for making the world more hospitable for the colonized and underserved are inspiring. Unflinchingly confronting the complexities of global citizenship and their own complicities for current realities, they reinforce that there can be no justice without empathy. Simply a great resource for educators who care about our world!”
—John R. Wiens, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, and Teacher, Principal, Superintendent, and Professor
“Kornelsen, Balzer, and Magro bring together the experiences and perspectives of classroom teachers, scholars, and those who work with preservice teachers to theoretically and conceptually explore global citizenship. This text is accessible, timely, and a valuable Canadian contribution to the fields of global citizenship and teacher education.”