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"To Benefit the World by Whatever Means Possible"

Title: "To Benefit the World by Whatever Means Possible": Adolescents' Constructions of Global Citizenship.
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Name(s): Myers, John, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2009
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This article reports on the ways that 77 students in an international studies programme constructed meanings for global citizenship. The focus was on their personal meanings for the topic and how they articulated a global identity with their national civic beliefs. Data was collected from online discussion boards, written essays and 20 interviews. A key finding was that the students' political language for global citizenship, examined here in terms of purpose, membership and relationship with national citizenship, was predominantly a moral commitment framed in universal language. A second finding was that the students understood global citizenship as a heterogeneous and complex affiliation shaped by a range of sources. The implication is that citizenship education emphasizing a narrow notion of patriotism may encourage students to disengage from civic life because it does not represent their lived experiences and identities. Insights for making citizenship education practices more inclusive are discussed.
Translational Abstract: In this study, information about national identity and global citizenship were collected from 77 students enrolled in an international studies program through discussion boards, essays, and interviews. Results regarding global citizenship showed that participants’ language was often framed in moral and universal terms, and that students saw global citizenship as complex and drew from diverse sources to understand what it meant. The article also discussed how citizenship education needs to be broader and more inclusive than the traditional focus on patriotism.
Identifier: FSU_migr_ste_faculty_publications-0007 (IID), 10.1080/01411920902989219 (DOI)
Note: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in British Educational Research journal, 2009 © Copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920902989219
Citation: Myers, J.P. (2010). "To Benefit the World by Whatever Means Possible": Adolescents' Constructions of Global Citizenship. British Educational Research Journal, 36(3), 483-502.
Subject(s): Education
Study and teaching
Teachers -- Training of
Teaching -- Vocational guidance
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_ste_faculty_publications-0007
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: School of Teacher Education Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: British Educational Research journal.
Issue: 3, 36

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Myers, J. (2009). "To Benefit the World by Whatever Means Possible": Adolescents' Constructions of Global Citizenship. British Educational Research Journal. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_ste_faculty_publications-0007