People, Pope and Planet: A hermeneutic and spectacle analysis of Laudato Si’ for Global Citizenship Educators

William Gaudelli


Global citizenship education presents a number of challenges for educators, including the wide variety of texts available to be studied. I explore Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ 2015 statement on global warming and human development. Laudato Si’ includes contents that are broad, connective and significant/relevant making it a strong candidate for inclusion in global citizenship education. I examine the text via two theoretical inquiries—hermeneutics and spectacle—to recommend instructional practices appropriate to this text and many similar ones. The pedagogical recommendations focus on supporting teachers engaged in global citizenship education.  


hermeneutic theory; spectacle; global citizenship education; global warming/climate change

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