Framing the global: Assessing the purpose of global citizenship education in primary geography

Smith, Bryan, and Neoh, Jia Ying (2023) Framing the global: Assessing the purpose of global citizenship education in primary geography. Citizenship Teaching & Learning, 18 (3). pp. 313-329.

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Global citizenship education (GCE) plays an important role in preparing citizens with the competencies to tackle existing and emerging challenges brought on by globalization. Yet, determining the desired purposes of GCE is contested as it is shaped by different perspectives on globalization, and conceptualized through different discourses in different contexts. This article uses Biesta’s three purposes of education – qualification, socialization and subjectification as a theoretical framework to examine the purposes that the K-6 geography curriculum in the Australian Curriculum serves in relation to developing global citizenship competencies through an analysis of the curriculum policy. Our analysis shows that without a clear purpose for global citizenship in the curriculum policy, global understanding is consistently related to Australia as a nation state when represented at all, limiting learning opportunities to develop global thinking that supports a critical democratic discourse of global citizenship through the subjectification purpose of GCE. Instead, the K-6 geography curriculum is largely invested in socialization towards neo-liberal ends and a passing qualification function that prepares students to be ‘knowledgeable’ as they enter the world.

Item ID: 80442
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1751-1925
Copyright Information: Bryan Smith and Jia Ying Neoh have asserted their right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as the authors of this work in the format that was submitted to Intellect Ltd.
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2023 23:31
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390107 Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management) @ 80%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 20%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160103 Primary education @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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