London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Educating Global Citizens: Exploring Citizenship Dimensions of Multicultural Classrooms

Author(s) Issa, T.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This ongoing citizenship education project explores how children’s linguistic and cultural experiences are utilised to create harmonious citizens in pre school/early primary school settings. Initial observations found positive correlations between the individualised ‘child centred’ approaches of the teaching staff and children’s emotional security as a ‘symbiotic’ relationship. Positive aspects of team teaching approaches were also observed. The project has been extended to explore similar activities in two more multicultural schools. Children’s naturally occurring conversations with their peers and teachers are recorded at intervals. Observations reveal interesting patterns between children’s cultural (i.e. home and wider community) experiences and their interpretations of the planned activities. Positive outcomes of the ‘symbiotic’ approaches are also found.

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