Jennifer RigganSimona Szakács-Behling

‘Billions of unheard voices’: Concluding thoughts on an unexpected journey


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The editors refer back to the quotation from Parmenter (2011, p. 378) that opens the introduction of this special issue, noting the potential of an emic approach to ‘give a voice’ to more participants in the education process, whether as educators, policymakers, parents, or students. This concluding paper brings the dialogic format full circle with the editors’ own reflections on the diverse analyses and observations that have come together in this special issue. Of particular interest, and following on from the objectives set out in the introduction, is how the commentaries relate to each other and how they position themselves in relation to the purpose of sparking new debates on global citizenship education from an emic perspective.