Theories, Practices, Policies- Foreword by Indira V. Samarasekera
Edited By Lynette Shultz, Ali A. Abdi and George H. Richardson
6. Bridging (Representations of) the “Global Present” with the Life-World of the Classroom: Researching toward “Learning to Teach” Global Citizenship Education Paul Tarc 64
CHAPTER 6 Bridging (Representations of) the “Global Present” with the Life-World of the Classroom: Researching toward “Learning to Teach” Global Citizenship Education Paul Tarc Introduction Only the future will reveal whether the emerging discourse of, or set of practices grouped under the term, global citizenship education (GCE) gains increasing purchase in the coming years. My particular interest centers on how this latest variant of inter- national education might be (made) a more productive pedagogical intervention into progressive practices of schooling in a globalizing world. Clearly the demands for in- ternational education across multiple levels are heightened under processes and imagi- naries of globalization. For those of us interested in progressive or critical educational aims, the increased opportunities for international education are welcomed. These opportunities, however, remain complicated by ongoing systemic inequalities and (neoliberal) pressures of performativity underlying the imperatives of internationaliza- tion initiatives. Rather than fostering collaboration, understanding and reciprocity, some practices of internationalization tend to instrumentalize learning and essential- ize human difference (Rizvi, 2007) and thereby further contribute to social and eco- nomic inequity. The conceptual stability of the term “global citizenship education” (GCE) re- mains up for debate (Davies, 2006; Pike, 2008; Wood, 2008). I am less concerned with the fine details of this debate and more interested in whether and how GCE might represent a pedagogical intervention attuned to both the present-day world at large, present-day dynamics of schooling and the more particular challenges facing globally oriented educational models. I do think that the term “global citizenship...
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