London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The cosmopolitan challenge in citizenship education

Author(s) Rönnström, N.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2009  
Editor P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education  
Age group -  
An increasingly number of educators think that global interconnectedness introduces the very idea that citizenship education should be understood partly in cosmopolitan terms. One cosmopolitan challenge, then, is to make school leaders, teachers and pupils formed through communication in their local community aware of their obligations and responsibilities to global others. In this paper I discuss how and why dialogical communication is crucial for schools caring for learning and democracy with respect for global others. First, I discuss the characteristics of a qualified concept of dialogue for school practises. Second, I discuss interview data from Swedish school leaders and teachers about citizenship education. Finally, I suggest that a communicative leadership is crucial to schools taking reflective learning, democracy and global responsibility seriously.

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