A matter of prior knowledge: Canadian young children’s conceptions about the future in the global community

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Ottilia Chareka


Young Canadian boys and girls aged nine to eleven were asked to consider their personal
futures, the future of their community and the future of the world. Mixed methods were
employed for data collection and analysis. Responses were compared with those given by
children in eight countries and the discussion focused on the importance prior knowledge,
in this case, prior knowledge of global issues, holds for effective teaching and learning about
global issues. Canadian children were optimistic about the future for themselves and their
community but less so for the globe. More so than other children, Canadian children were
concerned with issues of social justice, issues such as discrimination and racism, and with
improving the environment, which might be attributed to the emphasis that is placed on
these issues in their school curriculum. Assessing prior knowledge should be a priority for
those considering development and implementation of global education curricula.


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CHAREKA, Ottilia. A matter of prior knowledge: Canadian young children’s conceptions about the future in the global community. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 287-304, aug. 2017. ISSN 1307-9298. Available at: <https://iejee.com/index.php/IEJEE/article/view/252>. Date accessed: 14 oct. 2019.


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