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International learning communities for global and localcitizenship

Author(s): Hana Cervinkova

Journal: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults
ISSN 2000-7426

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 181;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: International learning communities | globalization | citizenship | participatoryaction research (PAR)

In this paper, I describe our ongoing international project in engaged educationalethnography and participatory action research with young adults and consider itsrelevance for a discussion on the community-building role of adult education in aglobalized context. I use the example of our case study to suggest that adult educatorscan generate viable communities by creating learning spaces that nurture criticalconsciousness, a sense of agency, participation and social solidarity amonginternationally and culturally diverse young adult learners. Furthermore, I argue thatparticipation in international learning communities formed through this educationalprocess can potentially help young adults become locally and globally engaged citizens.International learning communities for global citizenship thus present a proposition forconceptualizing the vital role of adult community education in supporting democraticglobal and local citizenship in a world defined in terms of cross-cultural and longdistanceencounters in the formation of culture.
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