Preparing Students to be Global Citizens


Graduate attributes are university defined aspirations for students as they emerge into the professional world. They represent the desired transferable skills, understanding and qualities that a student may expect to achieve at the end of their learning journey; consequently, they also define the values and principles underpinning academic practices. Many HEIs seek to engender Global Citizenship(GC) in graduates to prepare them for life, employment and employability within the context of a complex and uncertain landscape and an increasingly interconnected world. The competences associated with GC include learning dimensions such as perspectives, attitudes and behaviours that cannot be directly imparted; rather students have to construct their own learning through reflection, self-challenge and self-appraisal. The role of educators is to create suitable environments and learning opportunities to support students to achieve this learning across both the formal and informal curriculum. Furthermore, in order for students to fully benefit, this learning requires to be explicit and measurable, to enable them to articulate their attributes to a potential employer or sponsor (Oliver and Jorre de St Jorre, 2018). We propose a phased approach for embedding the learning dimensions of GC throughout the curriculum using an adaptation of a ‘Exposure, Immersion, Mastery’ model (Charles et al. 2010). This approach facilitates the pre-defining of levels of competences required at each stage of the programme and for these to be recognised within learning outcomes, teaching and assessment methods. The authors’ direct experience of two highly successful Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships (EQUIIP, PEETS) informs this model.

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Helen L Gallagher, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
Thomas Peschken, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
Robert A Gilmour, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2020
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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Gallagher H., Peschken T., & Gilmour R. (2020) Preparing Students to be Global Citizens ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2020: Official Conference Proceedings
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