Globalization has reshaped the social fabric of the world increasing racial, ethnic, cultural and language diversity, and often creating problems between the self-proclaimed natives and the newcomers. Critical cosmopolitan citizenship (CCC) is a transformational education approach in the 21st century. Research has shown that when students learn through the CCC approach they become allegiant to the whole world and work toward building a better place for all. When critical pedagogy and cosmopolitan citizenship constitute the methodology of learning and teaching, educators and students are encouraged to learn about global, national and local problems, and to become empowered to take action and transform the world. A brief overview of two Ontario Curriculum documents that address citizenship education in elementary and secondary school, and the English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy Development (ELD) that educates newcomers, unveiled the absence of education for activism and empowerment, two practices that lead to action and change. This Action Research will inquire how Canadian students born in Canada and abroad, will approach cultural, social, economic and environmental issues, as they learn through a critical cosmopolitan education approach.

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2018

  • Date of Conference: 25-28 June, 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/CICE.2018.0053
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-908320-90-2
  • Conference Location: University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada