Education for Intercultural Identity: One Way to Promote Students’ Global Citizenship
AbstractThis paper highlights the need for an education that involves intercultural identity as a concept for teaching students about global citizenship. It is believed that intercultural identity will help students create a sense of belonging, security, satisfaction, and continuing connectedness in today’s global society which is characterized by diverse cultures and customs and where their understanding of these cultures is often very limited. One possible method to accomplish this is through training students to become global citizens. Traditionally, they learn about other cultures in ways promoted by their government, through its education system along with other modes of socialization. Learning to be a global citizen involves learning how to take a wider perspective and to actively engage with people from different cultures. By training, we mean the introduction of new activities, along with the course curriculum, to enhance students’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills. This will involve questioning the taken-for-granted conventions within which one lives, seeking to empathize with the experience of others, and reflecting on the impact of this upon oneself and one’s own identity.
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