Global citizenship education: a sociological critique

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This paper considers the recent focus on citizenship within education by taking curricular reform within Scottish secondary schooling as a case study. In Scotland the Curriculum for Excellence reform places citizenship as one of four main capacities that pupils must work towards as part of their education. A central theme in this reform is the need for students to take a global perspective and work across different disciplines. In this model of citizenship education learners are enabled to develop their sense of citizenship identity in response to a fast-paced world of innovation and change. Citizenship is therefore linked to a futurist agenda, where the learner-citizen is positioned as an ongoing project, as something to be worked at or perhaps worked on. However, this kind of notion of agency is an expression of an ideological construction of the citizen as a flexible resource for society. Such citizens are active in the sense of being adaptive to change through utilizing intellectual skills but without a sense of identity grounded in one's commitments or reflexive engagement with different forms of understanding. The paper offers a critical assessment of this learner-citizen discourse as focusing on ratiocination rather than relational identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of MAC-ETL 2015 in Prague
Subtitle of host publicationMultidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning in Prague 2015
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherMAC Prague consulting s.r.o.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9788088085041
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventMultidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 4 Dec 20156 Dec 2015


ConferenceMultidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning
Abbreviated titleMAC-ETL 2015
CountryCzech Republic

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    Moir, J. (2015). Global citizenship education: a sociological critique. In Proceedings of MAC-ETL 2015 in Prague: Multidisciplinary Academic Conference on Education, Teaching and Learning in Prague 2015 MAC Prague consulting s.r.o..