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Global citizenship education in Nepal


Shah, R and Brett, P, Global citizenship education in Nepal, International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, 13, (2) pp. 122-135. ISSN 1756-526X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14324/IJDEGL.13.2.05.


The article explores how educational policy, curricula, textbooks and teaching have translated thinking about Nepal’s relationship with the rest of the world into global education practice in Nepalese schools in contemporary classrooms. Drawing upon the framework of policy cycle approach, the article addresses the following research questions: What are the key contemporary messages about global education in Nepal within the ‘macro’ context of policy influence? How is the theme of global education communicated through the content of Nepalese textbooks at the ‘meso’ context of policy text production? What are the perceptions of Nepalese social studies teachers with respect to teaching and learning about global education themes at the ‘micro’ context of practice? Qualitative content analysis of textbooks and documents was conducted, while thematic analysis of interview data was undertaken to understand policy objectives and recommendations related to global citizenship education in Nepal. The findings indicate that educational policies primarily aim to socialise and nurture responsible citizens, while textbooks and teaching processes mostly emphasise the acquisition of knowledge. Some recommendations are made as to how the curriculum, textbooks and pedagogical approaches might be adapted to better support Nepalese young people seeing themselves as global citizens.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:global citizenship education, Nepal, curriculum, textbooks, contexts of influence
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shah, R (Mr Rabi Shah)
UTAS Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
ID Code:147875
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-11-19
Last Modified:2021-11-22

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