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Global Citizenship Education in Canada and the U.S.: From Nation-Centric Multiculturalism to Youth Engagement
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
| 2020 | p. 139-156
978-3-030-44616-1 (Print) /978-3-030-44617-8 (Online)
Sarah Ranco; Alexis Gilmer; Colleen Loomis
Corporate author: 
Cham Springer (Publisher)
Europe and North America

This chapter examines the historical and current uses of global citizenship education (GCE) in Canada and the U.S. in public schools from primary through secondary levels, with attention to Canada as well as similarities and differences within and across the two countries. The authors assess how social and political contexts have influenced the definition and operationalization of multiculturalism, civic studies, and global studies in curricula, noting that the neo-liberal perspective has focused on making people an economic powerhouse rather than socially concerned global citizens. In their examination of educational approaches that relate to GCE, the authors present decolonizing pedagogies, the multiculturalism approach in Canada, as well as culturally responsive and anti-racist pedagogies. To illustrate these issues, the authors offer an example in the Canadian context and raise the need to prevent GCE from becoming yet another tool for hegemony by the Global North on the Global South, as dominant groups have long defined citizenship. They conclude by proposing that to realize GCE in these two countries, teacher/practitioner and local, national, and international actors must engage youth, and in doing so, power imbalances that prohibit becoming global citizens will be addressed.

Resource Type: 
Research papers / journal articles
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Level of education: 
Higher education
Lifelong learning
global citizenship education
social justice
civic education
youth participation