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      Transformative cosmopolitan education and Gandhi's relevance today

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            The understanding of transformative education in this article is based on the principles and practice of global learning. Globalization is understood as a transformative process creating challenges for society, human beings and education. Global learning, framed within sustainability and justice, is understood as a way of handling the transformative challenges of a world society. It is embedded in processes of European history. In this way, it is possible to see global learning as world societal literacy that goes beyond reading and writing, and to understand it as another level of enlightenment. To do so, I refer to the social, philosophical and educational ideas of M. K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma ('great soul') (1869–1948), which still create a basis for reformoriented concepts of basic education, literacy and sociopolitical literacy in India today. These are historical concepts concerning transformation of the self and education as a means of handling transformative societies beyond an existing understanding of Western civilization in a systematic way. The concluding concept of transformative cosmopolitan education presents World Nai Talim as a basis for an enlightenment that is equally applicable to both the Global South and North.

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            72010448
            International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning
            int j develop educ gobal learn
            UCL IOE Press
            1756-5278
            28 June 2018
            : 10
            : 1
            : 72-89
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            1756-5278(20180628)10:1L.72;1- s6.phd /ioep/ijdegl/2018/00000010/00000001/art00006
            10.18546/IJDEGL.10.1.06
            fe9ae02b-9fae-42b9-acf7-466214772ab6
            Copyright @ 2018
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,General education
            SOCIETAL AND EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION,MAHATMA GANDHI,COSMOPOLITANISM/WORLD CITIZENSHIP,WORLD SOCIETY,THEORY OF GLOBAL LEARNING,NAI TALIM

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