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An Examination of Canadian Civil Society Organizations’ Role and Contribution to the Effort of Global Citizenship Education in Canada

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An Examination of Canadian Civil Society Organizations’ Role and Contribution to the Effort of Global Citizenship Education in Canada

Monk, David F (2012) An Examination of Canadian Civil Society Organizations’ Role and Contribution to the Effort of Global Citizenship Education in Canada. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In an era of increased globalization it is difficult to ignore the growing divide between the rich and the poor. This thesis examines the ways public engagement and education about international development issues take place in the public sphere, in Canada.
The thesis reviews the role of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and four Canadian Civil Society Organizations (CCSOs): CARE, Cuso, the McLeod Group as well as the role of the umbrella organization regrouping 92 CCSOs, the Canadian Coalition for International Cooperation (CCIC), in engaging the public about issues surrounding international development.
The research relies on information gleaned from the relevant websites, a range of publications and interviews with the four CCSOs. It identifies that the role for public engagement primarily falls on the shoulders of CCSOs, who deem public engagement to be an important part of what they do. It recounts the different ways the CCSOs interviewed are involved in public engagement as well as some of the key methods and strategies they employ. It concludes that CCSOs value public engagement however they are severely restricted in what they can do because of budget restraints and reduced government funding. The thesis also suggests further avenues for research into the way education about issues of international development takes place in other formal, non-formal and informal learning contexts in Canada.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Monk, David F
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:June 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hamalian, Arpi
Keywords:civil society, public engagement, global citizenship education
ID Code:974521
Deposited By:DAVID FRANCIS MONK
Deposited On:25 Oct 2012 12:36
Last Modified:25 Oct 2012 12:36
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