Between the nation and the globe: education for global mindedness in Finland

  • de Oliveira Andreotti V
  • Biesta G
  • Ahenakew C
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Abstract

This article explores some of the tensions at the interface of nationalist and global orientations in ideals of global mindedness and global citizenship looking specifically at the Finnish context. We engage with discussions related to the social–political and historical context of national identity in Finland and outline the conceptual framework of an educational initiative related to the development of global mindedness through experiences of international mobility and partnerships. This conceptual outline presents a set of theoretical distinctions through which we seek to challenge humanist and universalist approaches to the question of (the formation of) global mindedness by arguing that the issue is neither about cognition or understanding nor about empathy and relationships but ultimately has to do with modes of existence and exposure. Similar to discussions in other small states, the historical trajectory in Finland illustrates how the encounter between the nation and the globe poses particular cha...

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  • Finland
  • empathy
  • exposure
  • global mindedness
  • international mobility
  • understanding

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Authors

  • Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti

  • Gert Biesta

  • Cash Ahenakew

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