Faculty of Children and Learning: Faculty Lecture Series
11 March 2013
17:30 to 18:30 , Drama Studio, Institute of Education
Professor James A Banks
Professor James A Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and Director, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle 'Diversity and Citizenship Education in Global Times'
Immigration is increasing racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistics, and religious diversity in nations around the world, which is challenging existing concepts of citizenship and citizenship education. I will describe why nation-states need to construct novel ideas about citizenship and citizenship education that accommodate new population groups but also foster national unity. Multicultural nation-states need to balance unity and diversity. I describe the challenges to citizenship caused by diversity and argue that citizenship education should be transformed and help students to develop reflective cultural, national, regional, and global identifications.
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