Signature Pedagogy for Global Citizenship Education

By Margaret Brigham (PhD) and Eva Aboagye.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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One of the basic purposes of postsecondary education has always been to develop civic knowledge in students. As the focus of institutions moved more to career and skills development, their role in developing civic consciousness declined. In the last couple of years, there has been a resurgence at institutions on the need to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for an interconnected and globalized world. There is growing interest and programming in the area of global citizenship at postsecondary institutions but there are some gaps in terms of research on the kinds of curriculum that will help provide the learning outcomes required and the types of assessment and evaluation needed to document the outcomes. This paper will review recent trends in curriculum development in global citizenship at Canadian higher education institutions. There will be discussion of the forces of globalization and internationalization as a catalyst for innovation. The Signature pedagogy that will be proposed consists of five components: theory, content, experiences methodology and assessment. Post-secondary institutions have always been active locations for local, national and global activism on a number of issues, depending on the era. Global Citizenship education can take many forms and in fact many institutions have approached global citizenship education in their own way. The paper will also present the experience of Centennial College in the development of a global citizenship curriculum with a number of components, including a compulsory course; portfolio; service learning projects and a leadership passport.

Keywords: Transformative Pedagogy, Global Citizenship, Curricular Innovation, Internationalization

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.31-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 642.205KB).

Dr. Margaret Brigham (PhD)

Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity, Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Margaret (Aboriginal/Ojibway) is a former classroom teacher, First Nation school principal, private sector consultant on diversity and Aboriginal issues, sociology instructor and college administrator. She has a Bachelor of Philosophy with an elementary teaching certificate, a Master of Education, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Higher Education Administration and American Indian Policy Studies. Margaret has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto and currently is Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Eva Aboagye

Senior Researcher, Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity, Centennial College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Eva has a masters and a doctoral degree from the University of Toronto in Higher Education Administration and Planning. Prior to that Eva had obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and English from the University of Ghana and a United Nations sponsored Graduate Diploma in Population Studies from the University of Ghana. She is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education. She also served as Co-Editor of the Ontario Journal of Higher Education and has published a chapter in a book and a number of articles including the following: “Developing Signature Learning Experiences: A Case Study of an Institution’s Transformative Journey towards Global Citizenship and Equity,” in Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education 1, no. 1 (2011): 148–163; “Financing Higher Education Students: Comparing Current Trends and Options” in Africa and Canada in New Directions in African Education: Challenges and Possibilities, ed. By S. Nombuso Dlamini (2008); “Changing Student Population in Ghanaian Universities: Implications for Curriculum and Teaching Methods,” in Higher Education Perspectives 1(1996/97); and “Evolving a Student Financing Scheme: The Ghanaian Experience,” in Ontario Journal of Higher Education (1994). Eva joined Centennial College in 2002. She has held a number of management positions at the College including Research Officer, Manager of Strategic Institutional Planning and Performance, Director of Policies, Pathways and Grants and is currently, Senior Researcher in the Institute for Global Citizenship and Equity.


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