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The Critical Global Educator

Global citizenship education as sustainable development

By Maureen Ellis

© 2016 – Routledge

246 pages

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Description

An acknowledged challenge for humanitarian democratic education is its perceived lack of philosophical and theoretical foundation, often resulting in peripheral academic status and reduced prestige. A rich philosophical and theoretical tradition does however exist. This book synthesises crucial concepts from Critical Realism, Critical Social Theory, Critical Discourse Studies, neuro-, psycho-, socio- and cognitive-linguistic research, to provide critical global educators with a Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) framework for self- and negotiated evaluation.

Empirical research spanning six years, involving over 500 international teachers, teacher educators, NGO and DEC administrators and academics, traces the personal and professional development of the critical global educator. Analyses of surveys, focus groups and interviews reveal factors which determine development, translating personal transformative learning to professional transaction and transformational political efficacy. Eight recommendations call for urgent conceptual deconstruction, expansion and redefinition, mainstreaming Global Citizenship Education as Sustainable Development. In an increasingly heteroglossic world, this book argues for relevance, for Critical Discourse Studies, if educators mediating and modelling diverse emergent disciplines are to honestly and effectively engage a learner’s consciousness.

The Critical Global Educator will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of citizenship, development, global education, sustainability, social justice, human rights and professional development.

Reviews

"The author is to be applauded for the sharp integration of the many theoretical strands and perspectives that flow in and out of the various ‘global educations’ at work in the UK over the past decade. For educational scholars and practitioners concerned with sustainable development, human rights, and global citizenship, this book is a challenge to look deeper within the political and social structures underpinning and influencing pedagogy, and to embody such

critically self-reflective practices in future work."

Sam Mejias, London School of Economics and Political Science, London Review of Education

"This book offers an insightful window into the emancipatory potential of GCESD. The author’s insistence on the transformative capacity of global education that is aligned with academic disciplines and rooted in philosophical and theoretical frames, resonates with the foundations and aims of the new Politics and Society programme for senior cycle in the Republic of Ireland (introduced from September 2016), generating a certain excitement about its transformative potential. Ultimately, this text sets out an optimistic framework for mainstreaming GCESD through critical teacher ‘education’ (as opposed to training), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the formulation of appropriate critical alliances."

Majella McSharry, Dublin City, Policy and Practice

"Poetic licences (and protestations) notwithstanding, there is much to admire here; in particular the author is to be applauded for the sharp integration of the many theoretical strands and perspectives that flow in and out of the various ‘global educations’ at work in the UK over the past decade. For educational scholars and practitioners concerned with sustainable development, human rights, and global citizenship, this book is a challenge to look deeper within the political and social structures underpinning and influencing pedagogy, and to embody such critically self-reflective practices in future work."

Sam Mejias, London School of Economics and Political Science, London Review of Education

"This book represents a theoretical and empirical contribution to an understanding of global citizenship education as sustainable development and a conceptualisation of the critical global educator…Ellis’ in-depth analysis gives voice to 18 interviewees in a vivid portrayal of the critical global educator." - Melina Porto, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-Conicet

Table of Contents

1. Bible to bibliography: Personal, professional and political efficacy 2. Globalisation: Sustainable global citizenship 3. Philosophy transcends mediated modes 4. Personal search, public research 5. Policy, politics, glocal integrity 6. Conviction, verification, in-forming CHAT 7. Dreams, drama, performative dharma.

About the Author

Maureen Ellis gained her PhD from the Institute of Education, University College London, UK. She is currently Senior Research Associate at University College London Institute of Education, Development Education Research Centre, UK, and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK. Dr. Ellis has taught, trained teachers and undertaken consultancies in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia for British publishers, universities and English language organisations, including the British Council.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International and Comparative Education

This is a series that offers a global platform to engage scholars in continuous academic debate on key challenges and the latest thinking on issues in the fast growing field of International and Comparative Education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU020000
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDU043000
EDUCATION / Comparative