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Member UNESCO research group on Global Citizenship Education

The UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, organized February 2016 a research conference on Global Citizenship Education at the University of California, in Los Angeles (UCLA). Wiel Veugelers, professor of Education at the University of Humanistic Studies and member of the international research committee presented a paper on The Moral and the Political in Global Citizenship and Global Citizenship Education.
Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is a central target of the post-2015 education agenda for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, many questions remain regarding the nature and possibilities of educational initiatives that can foster GCE.The International Research Conference on Global Citizenship Education will provide a much-needed cooperative and dialogical academic space where over twenty international experts through regional perspectives and from multiple disciplines will present innovative approaches, best-practices, and critiques concerning theories, methodologies, policies, and pedagogies of GCE.


The latest Lead the Change interview with Wiel Veugelers, professor of education at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, the Netherlands, serves as an interesting read in juxtaposition to the Ehren post. Veugelers, a long time scholar of education change issues around the world, argues that we need to pay attention to the socializing function of education and the role education plays in the development of citizens. Veugelers explains, “I think a socially just global world needs to develop a strong unyielding bond between autonomy and social concern. The Western world should become more social, many other parts of the world more autonomous. Therefore, it is important that we pay attention to the purpose of educational change.” Towards the end of the interview, Veugeler shares what excites him about educational change:

…educational change is, in actual fact, thinking about what kind of world we want and how we can contribute to making it happen…it is also important to make our research really international; to make our knowledge multipolar, to paraphrase Chantal Mouffe. This means that we recognize different ideas and practices and give more credits to other visions.

Leading the Change

The SIG Educational Change of AERA (American Educational Research Association) pays in the series “Leading the Change’ each month attention to one scholar in the field.

October 2016 my work features. Read the interview