Critical and Transnational Literacies in International Development and Global Citizenship Education


  • Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti University of British Columbia



Globalisation, International Development, Teacher Education


This article explores the concepts of transnational and critical literacies in developmentand global citizenship education. Critical literacy, as defined in this text, emphasizesthe need for a careful examination of collective social scripts (e.g. of progress,knowledge, belonging, and identity) as a practice of responsible intellectualengagement across all sectors. Transnational literacy is defined as an examinationof the dynamics of globalisation and how it can be negotiated. In the first part ofthis article, I introduce the concept of critical literacy in global citizenship educationoffering examples of my own academic and pedagogical practice in this area.In the second part, I introduce the idea of transnational literacy with examplesfrom international development education. In the last part, I present a cartographywith four different “root” narratives as a stimulus for dialogue and analyses thatuses both critical and transnational literacies and that may clarify concepts andopen new possibilities for thinking and practice in education.


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Author Biography

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, University of British Columbia

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti is a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her research examines historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change. Her books include Actionable Postcolonial Theory in Education (2012, AERA Curriculum Studies Award) and Postcolonial Perspectives on Global Citizenship Education (with Lynn Mario de Souza). She is one of the founding authors of the journal Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices.