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Model United Nations and the perception of global citizenship, for Greek senior high school students

Author(s) Bastaki, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
A Model United Nations School Conference is a brief simulation, during which senior high school students take on the roles of official delegates in various UN Committees. This paper describes the early findings from a longitudinal case study which followed a small team of 15 MUN senior high school delegates, in Athens, Greece, during their preparation and actual participation in three consecutive conferences, from March 2012 to March 2013. The research aims to explore the impact of MUN Conferences on the participants’ perception of global citizenship, which may emerge during their engagement with this simulation, for a limited period of 12 months. Different data collection techniques have been used, including participant observation, semi-structured interviews with photo-elicitation, focus groups, and a journal log. During the first wave of data collection in October 2012, adolescent participants reported that their MUN involvement gave them a more holistic perspective of the issues that plague humanity, and helped them hone their social skills. What the participants emphasised was that their participation in the MUN process led them to a state of heightened global awareness and empathy in times of trouble. Keywords: Model United Nations, global citizenship education, simulations, active learning

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