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Freedom, diversity and global citizenship

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A thought provoking and potentially inspiring piece - this paper argues that the educational value of what is called ‘diversity’ today is an educational extension of the core values of liberal education therefore campuses need to support and teach the practices of critique and contestation as central to civic engagement. As global citizens students will have to think critically about their own positionalities engage various other perspectives on the issues they seek to understand and to judge. This need for multiple perspectives is the grounds of a global epistemology; it is also the most basic argument for diversity in liberal education where a collaborative epistemological process produces complex and multiple ‘truths’ and ‘realities’. As professional educators, it is argued we need to create and maintain a learning environment that goes beyond a silent and silencing, begrudging tolerance of a diversity of views and instead provide a climate of respectful engagement.

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