Investigating the role of values in global citizenship education

Hatley, J (2016) Investigating the role of values in global citizenship education. In: Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education, 6 - 8 July 2016, RMIT University, Barcelona, Spain.

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The concept of values is an often-cited but rarely defined notion within international development discourse. The UN, in its efforts to establish Global Citizenship Education (GCED), promote a discourse of humanistic values as a way for citizens to view each other on the basis of a shared humanity. The UN posit that this view will enable people to see beyond their differences and attain a peaceful coexistence. This has become ever more complex and ever more important in recent times with on-going and protracted conflicts affecting generations of young people. The rise in calls from young people themselves for an alternative future gives hope towards increased engagement in initiatives aimed at promoting GCED, but will the UN’s efforts through the promotion of humanistic values be successful in its aims? This research aims to analyse the discourse within GCED policy documents to ascertain how far the UN are successful in the communication of humanistic values such that they are taken up by local communities as part of the meaning of GCED. The discourse alone will not suffice to answer the proposed research questions however, and it is a consideration of how policy may be interpreted within its social context which is key. Fraser’s concept of participatory parity and Fairclough’s notion that meaning emerges out of constructing concepts in ‘relations of equivalence’ will assist in analysing whether the humanistic values are likely to be interpreted as equivalent to other local priorities, potentially increasing the likelihood of action which may enhance justice. This presentation will enable us to consider some of the limits, opportunities and challenges of achieving social justice through education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
UN SDGs: Goal 4: Quality Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 13:52
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