Mobilizing a Global Citizenship Perspective

This project follows a “train the trainer” model through engaging selected lead elementary and middle school teachers in professional learning community teams with researchers and student teachers to develop pedagogical strategies that reflect a global perspective, curriculum, assessment, and resources that will support teachers.

Project Category:
Exploiting available research more effectively
Topic Area:
Elementary, Equity and Inclusion
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning, Equity, Engagement
Project Lead(s):
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Project Coordinators: Lisa Glithero and Tracy Crowe
Project Evaluator: Ruth Kane
Lead Institution:
Brief Background:
This project follows a “train the trainer” model through engaging selected lead elementary and middle school teachers in professional learning community teams with researchers and student teachers to develop pedagogical strategies that reflect a global perspective, curriculum, assessment, and resources that will support teachers.
Research Context:
Recent education program initiatives and curriculum (e.g., Character Development Initiative, School Effectiveness Framework, Equity & Inclusive Education Strategy) in Ontario call for school boards, principals, and teachers to draw on emerging evidence-based knowledge to ensure every child and youth in Ontario schools see themselves as included, successful, as having a sense of place and an understanding of global citizenship and environmental stewardship. These initiatives lend strong support to the assertion by Munday et al. (2007) that “there has never been a better time to pay attention to global education in Canadian schools” (p. 1). Developing a Global Perspective for Educators (DGPE) at the University of Ottawa with its school board and NGO partners, is well positioned to take a leadership role in ensuring classroom teachers are supported to acquire evidence-based practices for developing a global citizenship perspective. The DGPE team will provide necessary expertise and strategies, and professional learning community teams will mobilize the knowledge generated from DGPE research and institutes.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This project is fundamentally designed as the mobilization of research- based knowledge and practices to reach and impact teachers’ practices in schools. Beyond this, this project mobilizes knowledge in five ways: (1) by disseminating findings at a Spring Institute on the DGPE website, the Canadian Curriculum Theory Project website, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education website and Facebook page, and on partnering NGO, school board, and teacher websites; (2) by asking pre-service teachers to disseminate their resource package within the local schools during their placements; (3) by asking pre-service teachers to create a digital newsletter that reports on what they have created; (4) by contacting national and local media to cover the proceedings at the Fall and Spring Institute; and (5) by presenting findings at the Ministry of Education Forum, CSSE, and the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum conference.
Outcomes:
This project intends to enhance the preparation of student teachers and lead teachers in research-based strategies, curriculum development, and resources for developing global citizenship perspectives across elementary and middle school curricula. In addition, it will enhance teachers’ knowledge and confidence in the field of global citizenship education, equity, and environmental stewardship. Finally, it will strengthen the networks between the University of Ottawa and participating school boards through shared use of research findings to enhance classroom practice.