Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Global Education in Canadian Elementary Schools: An Exploratory Study

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Global Education in Canadian Elementary Schools: An Exploratory Study

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This article reports on the implementation of global education in Canadian elementary schools. Curriculum analysis and 76 interviews at school, ministry, and district levels revealed limited coordination among ministry, district and NGO efforts and little support for curriculum development and teacher training. In schools, fundraising for international charities is often equated with global education, while other aspects of global learning are neglected. Equating global education with fundraising raises concerns for less affluent communities. We argue that more comprehensive and systematic government support for global education, and greater collaboration among ministries, NGOs, and schools is needed for Canadian children to receive an equitable, quality introduction to global citizenship.

Key words: global citizenship, non-government organizations, social studies, teacher support

Cet article fait le point sur l'implantation de l'education planetaire dans les ecoles primaires au Canada. L'analyse des programmes scolaires et 76 entrevues menees dans des ecoles, dans les ministeres et dans des arrondissements scolaires ont revele qu'il existait une coordination restreinte entre le ministere, les arrondissements scolaires et les efforts des ONG et peu de soutien pour l'elaboration de programmes scolaires et la formation des enseignants. …

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