Teaching for Democracy and the "Global Citizen" in Canadian Social Studies
At present, as in many nations around the world, Canadian educators are struggling with notions about what it means to be a citizen in an evolving "globalized" world. This paper presentation will elaborate the theoretical understandings of global citizenship as articulated in recent works by Canadian scholarship such as Kingwell (2000), Kymlicka (2001) and Richardson (2002) in juxtaposition to what is taught in public school systems across the country. Because the primary goal of social studies education across Canada is the preparation of students for citizenship (Case and Clark, 1999; Sears, 1994), this study will examine the most recently revised social studies curricula — that is, Ontario (2004) and Alberta (2004) – to provide insight as to how the notion of global citizenship is actually represented for consumption by teachers and students across the country. In this, the presenters hope to contribute a Canadian perspective on critical issues that are part of the ongoing conversation about the meaning and purpose of global citizenship education.
Keywords: citizenship education, globalization, curriculum development, social studies
Dr. Kurt Clausen
Chair of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Education, Nipissing University
Dr. Lynn Lemisko
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum Studies College of Education , University of Saskatchewan