Attitudes to teaching global citizenship: Student-teacher perceptions of teaching complex global issues

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Publication details

Title of host publicationDeveloping a Critical Perspective on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in ITE: Conference Book.
DatePublished - 2009
Original languageEnglish


In this paper, I present the findings of a recent study of student-teachers’ perceptions of teaching complex global issues. This work is based primarily on a questionnaire survey conducted with students starting the secondary Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. The aim was to examine student-teachers’ attitudes to, and understanding of, teaching complex issues before they start the PGCE course. There was a focus on teaching complex issues both in terms of the content and the process of this type of education. I found that participatory learning is not always associated with teaching these issues, although this varied slightly depending on the specialist subject. I argue that the majority of student teachers are positive to the idea of global education and teaching complex issues but they need support in developing appropriate methodologies to achieve this.

    Research areas

  • Student perspectives, complex issues, preparation for global citizenship, participatory methodology

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