Who Needs Global Citizenship Education? A Review of the Literature on Teacher Education

Marta Estellés, Gustavo E. Fischman

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Given the seemingly ever-increasing scholarly production about the ideas and ideals of global citizenship education (GCE), it is not surprising those discussions started to gain influence in teacher education (TE) debates. In this study, we examine the discourses that tacitly shape the meanings of GCE within the contemporary academic literature on TE. After analyzing the peer-reviewed scholarship published from 2003 to 2018, we identified patterns in how GCE for TE was described and defended, beyond the differences in their conceptual frameworks. The dominant trend found is to frame GCE as a redemptive educational solution to global problems. This framing requires teachers to embrace a redemptive narrative following a model of rationality based on altruistic, hyperrationalized and overly romanticized ideals. Ultimately, TE literature contributes to the configuration of an excessively naïve discourse that tends to ignore the neoliberal context in which both GCE and TE take place today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-236
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Teacher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • civic education discourses
  • global citizenship education
  • literature review
  • teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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