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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Ms Tatiana Bruni

Bruni, Tatiana (2019), Acts of Willpower. Developing Cosmopolitan Citizenship Through Student Engagement in Course Design, in Shao, Xin & Dobson, Emma eds, Imagining Better Education. Durham, England, Durham University, School of Education, Durham, England, 31-43.

Author(s) from Durham


This paper presents some preliminary outcomes of a student engagement
experience undertaken at an undergraduate college in the Netherlands. Six
students and an alumna participated in a teacher-student partnership with
the researcher to co-design a new course in critical intercultural
communication. The teacher-student partnership was envisioned as a
laboratory of democracy, aimed at offering students a site where the
institutional educational objectives concerning global citizenship were
examined by those to which they apply. Experimenting with democratic
processes of co-creating learning environment and knowledge that matter
to students is seen as a form of active community engagement. Preliminary
analysis of the qualitative data collected show that engaging with theories
of global citizenship in a setting of democratic pedagogy impacts on
students’ perception of themselves as global citizens and as learners. In
both cases, whilst challenging, student seemed to adopt a more active role.