The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) held a seminar on "Glocal Citizen-making in the Confucian Heritage Society: Rethinking the Role of Higher Education in the 21st Century", to be conducted by Dr. LI Jun on 15 September 2010 (Wednesday), 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Room B3-P-13, Tai Po Campus.
In recent decades, the intensification of “glocalization” (Robertson, 1992) has made possible the borderlessness of individual countries/societies. This process continues and has urged us to re-imagine citizenship education which is often framed in a sole local/national or regional/global discourse. Literature has shown that, in China’s recent move to mass higher education, university students tend to have been overcharged with patriotism while they are also exposed to global concerns (Li, 2009, 2010). Taking nine institutions as cases for this study, the presentation aims at understanding how Chinese university students have learned to be so-called glocal citizens, with an indigenous conceptual framework rooted in Confucianism. It explores the interactions of localization, regionalization and globalization in students’ learning experience of civic knowledge, wisdom and actions in the Confucian heritage context, based on the in-depth accounts of 54 third-year undergraduate students from three broad disciplinary areas of humanities, social and natural sciences. This study helps us to better understand students’ learning experience of citizenship on university campuses, and also provides substantial empirical findings about how cultural resources can be used for citizenship education to foster cross-cultural dialogue among civilizations, locally, regionally and globally.
Dr. Li is currently Centre Research Fellow of CGC and Assistant Professor in Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
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