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A critical evaluation of the Nobis project: a creative-process approach to service-learning and global citizenship education

Clougherty, Christen Higgins (2009)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The Nobis Project is an innovative creative process approach to service-learning and global citizenship education aiming to teach secondary school students six dimensions of civic engagement: values, knowledge, skills, efficacy, commitment, and empathy. It guides students to comprehend current affairs and to devise ways to respond to local, national or global issues without direct contact with service recipients. This thesis examines the claims of the Nobis Project program using data collected from a series of five case studies each with an international focus. It analyzes how far the Nobis Project (1) realizes the goals of service-learning to teach civic engagement, and (2) teaches the civic goals of global citizenship. This thesis argues that the Nobis Project, refined in the light of this research, represents a significant contribution to the practice of service-learning in secondary schools. Its method incorporates an original creative-process model, a practice not usually found in service-learning. As a program, it redefines the scope of service-learning by including international service recipients, thus contributing to a recognized need of global citizenship education, opportunity for action.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Dandelion, Pink
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:School of Historical Studies, Department of Theology and Religion
Keywords:service-learning, global citizenship education, civic engagement, creative process
Subjects:BV1460 Religious Education
BJ Ethics
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:272
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