|Editor||A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship|
Many countries are now grappling with how best to educate students for the challenges of the 21st century, including increasing global conflict, social justice and environmental concerns. Education for citizenship, introduced in England in 2002, states that pupils must learn about ‘topical issues, problems and events’ and about social, economic and global disparities (DfEE/QCA 1999). Recent guidelines Developing the Global Dimension advise that children learn about peace and conflict, globalisation, poverty, prejudice and sustainability (DfES, 2005). Yet little is known about children’s interest in such areas or about the training of teachers to educate for what may be termed global citizenship. This paper reports on two studies- the first on children and the second on student teachers- both in relation to global citizenship. The first study looks at children’s hopes and fears for the future and their levels of concern about global issues. The second project examines the knowledge, understanding and motivation of student teachers to teach about such issues.