Questioning Global Citizenship Education in the Internationalization Agenda

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Gabriela Freire Oliveira Piccin
Kyria Rebeca Finardi


The present paper provides a reflection on global citizenship education (GCE) in the internationalization agenda. With that aim, the internationalization of higher education (IHE) is discussed from a critical perspective, mainly informed by postcolonial and decolonial studies. More specifically, the paper addresses GCE issues related to criticisms that have been raised against it in terms of (1) its different educational approaches, (2) its cosmopolitan bias with its (3) ideological frame of the so-called “global citizen”. Some alternatives to mainstream approaches to GCE and IHE are offered in the conclusion, based on the contributions of Stein (2017), Andreotti (2015) and Fiedler (2007), who advocate for the otherwise approach and/or postcolonial learning spaces.


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Freire Oliveira Piccin, G., & Finardi, K. R. (2019). Questioning Global Citizenship Education in the Internationalization Agenda. SFU Educational Review, 12(3), 73–89.
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Gabriela Freire Oliveira Piccin, Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo

M.A. in Education by the Postgraduate Program in Education at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil, Teacher at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Espírito Santo (IFES), where she teaches English as a foreign language. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Postgraduate Program in Linguistics at UFES, with research on language policies and internationalization. 

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