English for 21st-Century Global Citizenship: An Investigation of an Introductory Online Professional Development Course
AdvisorEaton, Sarah Elaine
Committee MemberDressler, Roswita
Tweedie, M. Gregory
ClassificationEducation--Bilingual and Multicultural
Education--Curriculum and Instruction
Education--Language and Literature
Teacher Professional Development
Global Citizenship Education
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AbstractThe purpose of this research is to build understanding of professional development for twenty-first century Global Citizenship Education (GCED) for international English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers. The research is significant because a variety of international education organizations, policy experts, and researchers in the field of EAL have noted that Global Citizenship Education should be embedded into all subject areas, and because such implementation is enabled by teacher training relating to the content and pedagogies involved. A group of (N=12) international English language professionals were recruited for a two-week online professional development course. The participants were surveyed for pre-existing knowledge and attitudes toward GCED. The research used qualitative analysis of discussion boards, post-course questionnaires, and post-course interviews. Participants noted high congruence between GCED themes and the needs of their content-based programs. Explicit teaching of GCED frameworks and sub-initiatives was noted as a valuable linguistic and cognitive strategy. Active, learner-centered, and some transformative workflows were developed and supported by visible thinking and thinking routines for efficient language production and formative assessment. Project Based Learning linking the classroom to the real world was noted as a valuable teaching approach. EAL research and experience in teaching for intercultural communicative competence, analogue and digital rhetoric and media awareness, and Critical Language Awareness were noted as areas of Pedagogical Content Knowledge to be aware of.
CitationHazard, R. (2020). English for 21st-Century Global Citizenship: An Investigation of an Introductory Online Professional Development Course (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
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