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Creating cosmopolitan citizenship communities through Model United Nations simulations’ programme

Author(s) Aksit, N.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
Cosmopolitan citizenship education intends to educate students about their rights and responsibilities at local, national and global levels, encouraging responses to a wide variety of issues that other citizens, societies and cultures across the world encounter. The Model United Nations (MUN) simulations provide a platform for high school and university students to be better global citizens through discussion of world issues, and the resolution of conflicts at an international level. The purpose of this paper is to report on the initial outcomes of a multiple-phase study. The first phase intends to explore the challenges and benefits of MUN simulations, and to discuss how the concept and practice of MUN in high school and higher education contexts in Turkey may cultivate cosmopolitan citizenship and cosmopolitan communities. This paper includes only the results of the first phase of the study, which uses narrative inquiry to capture and collect perspectives and stories about MUN experiences from an information rich key informant. Keywords: cosmopolitanism, cosmopolitan citizenship, international education, model United Nations

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