globalDAS: Global Citizenship at German Schools Abroad

Global citizenship education (GCE) is one of the key current topics in international education. As part of the "Textbooks Put to the Test: Global Citizenship Education in International Perspective" project funded by the German Foreign Office, globalDAS centres on two previously under-researched aspects of GCE: the role of German Schools Abroad (Deutsche Auslandsschulen, DAS) and the significance of print and digital educational media in enacting global citizenship in international schools. The project aims to both contribute to academic debate on critical global citizenship and to identify ways forward for policy and practice. The uniquely transnational character of the DAS appears promising for research on GCE, given the German language focus, the traditional importance of critical thinking, and since DAS are the only types of school to bring together local, regional and international contexts with curricula, textbooks and digital educational media produced specifically for use in Germany.

Short tweets/stories from the field are regularly posted on the globalDAS project website.

Key Research Questions

The overarching question driving this research on global citizenship education at DAS is: How do Deutsche Auslandsschulen in different parts of the world creatively appropriate global citizenship in their daily practices? We are interested in, for instance, how pupils’ use of print and digital educational media in the classroom shape their understandings of global communities; how the diversity of DAS is linked to understandings of cultural and religious values; how pupils, individually and/or collectively, become engaged and take action through their media practices.

Methods

Three-week periods of observation at seven DAS in Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East, including:

  • Lesson observations
  • Interviews with teachers and other staff
  • Pupil focus groups
  • Analysis of documents and media (curricula, education policy documents, textbooks, apps and other digital media)

Funding

German Federal Foreign Office

Project duration

2017-2018

Contact

Coordinator

Simona Szakács (Behling)

Department Textbooks as Media

Branch Office B0.02
Phone: +49 531 59099-372
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Project leads

Felicitas Macgilchrist

Head / Department Textbooks as Media

Branch Office B0.18
Phone: +49 531 59099-283
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Riem Spielhaus

Head / Department Textbooks and Society

Branch Office B1.18
Phone: +49 531 59099-319
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Collaboration

Annekatrin Bock

Department Textbooks as Media

Branch Office B0.04
Phone: +49 531 59099-345
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Dr. Catharina Keßler

Project partner

University of Göttingen
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
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