Preparing Students for Global Citizenship: Role Play as a Pedagogical Tool

14 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 23, 2013


Preparing students for global citizenship is a mission that requires innovative teaching and inspired learning. Instruction in political science fields such as International Relations and Comparative Politics challenges educators to identify teaching tools that awaken students to citizenship beyond their immediate borders. Identifying such tools is no simple task given the varied interests of students and their general reluctance to reach beyond their comfort zones in real life. This paper explores role play as a pedagogical tool and examines its potential for preparing parochial minded students for global citizenship. The paper reviews techniques for promoting global citizenship and illustrates how allowing students to switch citizenship roles with persons of the other world can enthuse them with global understanding and ready them for global leadership and service.

Keywords: role play, pedagogy, global citizenship, empathy, tolerance, foreign service, career options

Suggested Citation

Waldron-Moore, Pamela N., Preparing Students for Global Citizenship: Role Play as a Pedagogical Tool (January 23, 2013). 2013 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: or

Pamela N. Waldron-Moore (Contact Author)

Xavier University of Louisiana ( email )

1 Drexel Drive, Box 151
New Orleans, LA 70125-1098
United States

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