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Lehtomäki, E., Moate, J., & Posti-Ahokas, H. (2019). Exploring global responsibility in higher education students’ cross-cultural dialogues. European Educational Research Journal, 18(2), 218–233.

Exploring global responsibility in higher education students’ cross-cultural dialogues

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Author: Lehtomäki, Elina1; Moate, Josephine2; Posti-Ahokas, Hanna3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
3University of Helsinki, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-05-24


This study engages with current debate around global education and internationalization of higher education(HE). There is an identified need to critically reflect on how global education commitments are introduced to HE students, and how the debates are brought to individual as well as institutional levels. The study explores how students in a Finnish university develop their understanding of global education, citizenship and potential dispositions towards global responsibility. The students participated in an international seminar on the global Education for All (EFA) process, with purposefully planned participatory activities and cross-cultural dialogues, and reflected on their learning about the global process in assignments. A rigorous qualitative thematic analysis was conducted on the students’ written learning assignments (n = 43). The analysis revealed that students learned about the global EFA process and targets, and reflected on general and personal significance of the process as well as the connections between the local and global. They placed the responsibility for educational transformation in three distinct levels: the ‘other’; ‘we’; and ‘I’. The findings suggest that purposefully designed learning activities guide students to develop their understanding of global education and to disposition themselves as responsible future education professionals, both prerequisites of global citizenship and transformation of education.

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Series: European educational research journal
ISSN: 1474-9041
ISSN-E: 1474-9041
ISSN-L: 1474-9041
Volume: 18
Issue: 2
Pages: 218 - 233
DOI: 10.1177/1474904118759154
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
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