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Open Access What are the critical dimensions in Ghana's senior high school social studies curriculum? Under the lens of a critical global citizenship education framework

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A review of school curricula approaches to citizenship formation in a sub-Saharan African education context reveals such practice is still largely focused on a traditional social studies approach. This approach to citizenship development may be limiting in terms of potential to foster students' civic competencies for addressing social injustice associated with the impacts of globalization that impinge on local realities. Drawing on a critical global citizenship education (GCE) framework and GCE core conceptual dimensions developed by UNESCO, this study assessed the critical dimensions of the social studies curriculum for secondary education in one sub-Saharan African country. Through interviews with teachers, focus groups with students and a review of the social studies teaching syllabus, the study revealed limitations in both content and the pedagogical approach to the delivery of Ghana's current social studies curriculum for senior high schools.

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Keywords: COLONIALISM; CRITICAL AND GLOBAL DIMENSIONS; CURRICULUM; GHANA; GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION; GLOBALIZATION; SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS; SOCIAL STUDIES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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  • The International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning is now published by UCL Press. New issues and all the back content shown here are available through ScienceOpen and accessed from the journal's page at UCL Press

    This internationally refereed journal publishes the outcomes of research and current debates on development education and related concepts such as global learning, global education, and global citizenship. The journal is an academic response to the increased public and educational interest in learning and understanding about the wider world. It offers greater understanding of the reasons for global inequality and how global issues such as poverty affect people's everyday lives. It critically explores international development issues so as to help people develop the practical skills and confidence to make positive changes, both locally and globally. Development education and related areas such as global learning have their roots primarily in the practice of non-governmental organisations. The journal brings to the international academic and research community the richness and importance of this neglected academic area. Its purpose is to help advance theoretical and empirical understanding of development education and global learning through a focus on research and reviewing policy and practice in the field.public and educational interest in learning and understanding about the wider world. It offers greater understanding of the reasons for global inequality and how global issues such as poverty affect people's everyday lives. It critically explores international development issues so as to help people develop the practical skills and confidence to make positive changes, both locally and globally.

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