This presentation reports recent findings from doctoral studies research on the cultivation of global citizenship identity and engagement in a case study of Soka education’s university setting in Japan. Building upon prior research conducted in the U.S.A. that theorizes antecedents and outcomes of global citizenship identification, this study explores how Soka University addresses global citizenship education, as seen through the various lenses of its administrators, faculty, and students. The findings suggest that global citizenship identity is robustly cultivated at Soka University Japan in the presence of a normative environment in which persons valued by the students endorse global citizenship, and in which global awareness is actively promoted. The research also suggests that the presence of global citizenship identification corresponds to an attendant endorsement of prosocial values and behaviours. The findings demonstrate cross-cultural consistency with prior research, and have potential implications for the implementation of global citizenship education programs in higher education.The presentation will provide an overview of: Soka education, contemporary notions of global citizenship, the study's research methodology and pertinent findings, and implications for cultivating global citizenship in higher education institutions.
Paul David Sherman, University of Guelph-Humber, Canada
Stream: Higher education
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