Global Citizenship Education in the classroom : An exploratory study on teachers’ views

PhD Thesis

Caccioppola, Federica. (2021). Global Citizenship Education in the classroom : An exploratory study on teachers’ views [PhD Thesis]. Australian Catholic University Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education
AuthorsCaccioppola, Federica
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDoctor of Education

The study “Global Citizenship Education in the classroom. An exploratory study on teachers’ views” aims at describing teachers’ views on possible goals and practices on GCE in two different contexts: Central Italy (2017-2018) and Queensland (2019), Australia. To this end, the research analyses teaching strategies devoted to promoting dialogue among students and between teachers and students. The research specifically focuses on how secondary schools’ teachers promote the development of knowledge and skills related to GCE, in their verbal and nonverbal interactions.

The study follows a qualitative methodology, adopting classroom observations in secondary schools and interviews to teachers focused on GCE aims and learning activities. In addition, in Italy a set of video-analysis was carried out in order to retrieve data for the documentation and representation of verbal and non-verbal interactions between teachers and students.

Finding could indicate opportunities and challenges teachers face in dealing with topics related to global citizenship. The data referring to Italian context were collected in 2018. In Australia data were collected throughout 2019.
On the short term, this explorative study intends to provide insights on GCE teaching practices and relative constructs possible operativization; and to support teachers’ professional development through critical reflection.
On the medium-long term, the study could have an impact in: building or reinforcing networks between schools and Higher Education institutions, both at a national and at an international level; promoting in Italy educational change and disseminate innovative teaching knowledge and practices; outlining possible pathways to improve GCE teaching practices both in Australia and in Italy.

Keywordsglobal citizenship education; teachers; students; lessons; open classroom climate; schools
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
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Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1-337
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online02 Sep 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited02 Sep 2021
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
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