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Addressing global citizenship education (GCED) in adult learning and education (ALE)

Milana, Milana; Tarozzi, Massimiliano; (2019) Addressing global citizenship education (GCED) in adult learning and education (ALE). UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning: Hamburg, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

This background paper has been produced to inform UIL and APCEIU in the preparation of a report Addressing global citizenship education (GCED) in adult learning and education ALE. Its purpose is to examine the current debate on the role of GCED in ALE from a theoretical perspective. It can be argued that the areas of GCED and ALE cover a very broad range of themes and concepts. Moreover, while GCED in school curricula has received much attention, in ALE it is still a neglected policy area. This paper provides a substantial conceptual analysis of the two domains and their commonalities and differences. It begins by unpacking the ambiguous, slippery and contested concepts of GC and GCED and proposes a critical vision on GCED, within a global social justice framework. On this ground a structural link to ALE is found. Then, it explains why it is imperative to address GCED in ALE, and how this can be done. First, GCED and ALE are interlocked at both conceptual and ethical levels. Second, ALE can play an important contribution to fostering GC. Third, both GCED and ALE share the SGDs Agenda as a top priority and find a common goal, particularly in target 4.7. On this ground, rather than seeing GCED as a key topic in ALE, the paper develops an argument to endorse a perspective of ALE as GCED, which overcomes the functionalist view considering GCED as a key issue of ALE. This means that ALE and GCED, when interpreted in a particular and non-neutral way (addressing social transformation, equity, social justice in a non-western centred view), share some structural and key elements. Correspondingly, an original ‘four-dimensions approach to ALE as GCED’ model is advanced to potentially inform policy-makers, practitioners and researchers. It is made of four basic components of ALE as GCED: aims (what for), contents (what), processes and pedagogies (how), actors and learning environments (who).

Type: Report
Title: Addressing global citizenship education (GCED) in adult learning and education (ALE)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://uil.unesco.org/sites/default/files/doc/adu...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10101154
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