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I think a shared understanding of culture and a shared awareness of need and want and how we interact as a global society is probably more important than ever given the way economies work now, given the way governments tend to want to interact and interrelate.

 

Research Phase: Current understandings and expectations

 

Using staff and student questionnaires, student focus groups and individual interviews to investigate concepts and practices around the topic of Global Citizenship we found MMU students and staff see the concept in terms of diversity, global issues, values and attitudes, belonging to a 'global community' and collective responsibility for participation (Figure 1). This has been used to inform the construction of global citizenship education 'units' for students and for staff.

Students were more likely to rate Global Citizenship as important for embracing and understanding diversity, whilst staff saw the need for MMU students to develop an outward looking view and benefits for the institution but were more likely to critique the term both in terms of the imposition of a 'Western' worldview and possible cultural homogenisation.

Figure 1 Five key concepts of Global Citizenship for MMU staff and students:

diagram showing the key concepts of Diverse World, Global Issues, Values and Attitudes, Identity, Participation

The research has also highlighted current opportunities for students to develop Global Citizenship and for staff to report on their practice in internationalising or incorporating elements of Global Citizenship in curricula. For more on this, see the full report:

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