Creating the Global Classroom
Approaches to Developing the Next Generation of World Savvy Students
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The book examines how to begin to think like a global educator first by examining how our own histories and experiences have formed our own cultural and professional identities and second how the varied frames by which global education can be understood, pedagogical, ideological and cosmopolitan have shaped the field. Laurence Peters connects theory and practice about global education relevant to cultivating global awareness in primary and secondary students. Rather than seeing global education as a special field separate from the other disciplines the author encourages integration of global perspectives into everything we do. Showcasing how global awareness is a developmental issue, dependent upon the student’s ability to step outside of their own place-based comfort zone, this volume lays out a roadmap of major challenges and issues around instilling this awareness in students.
This book connects theory and practice about global education relevant to cultivating global awareness in primary and secondary students. From this foundation, the book engages with the challenge of integrating global perspectives within a crowded curriculum. By convincing students and teachers alike of global education’s centrality, thinking globally becomes an integral component of learning across subject areas and grade levels, this work encourages students to exercise empathy for the other and to develop critical skills to see through media distortions and "fake news" so they can better resist the tendency of politicians in our increasingly multicultural countries to divide people along racial and ethnic lines.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part One Frameworks for Global Understanding; 1: Why Global Education Matters: Need for a New Paradigm; 2: What Is "Global Education"?; 3: Pedagogical Perspectives ; 4: Ideological Perspectives ; 5: Citizenship and Human Rights ; Part Two: School and Classroom Approaches; 6: Engaging in Global Popular Culture ; 7: The Dangers of a Single Story; 8: Maximizing the "Global" in Global Education Technology ; 9: Global Education and School Culture; Afterword; Appendix ; Gateway Ideas to Get Started; Global Lesson Plans; Guide to Resources; Bibliography
Laurence Peters was a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Department of Education and currently teaches Global Education policy at Johns Hopkins University. He has authored and books, on the history of the United Nations, educational technology and the global digital divide. Laurence lives outside of Washington DC and is married with three children; more biographical details are included on his website- LaurencePeters.com
By challenging the validity of a "single story view of the world…taught from the viewpoint of the winners" this important book provides a compelling rational and practical guidance on how schools can prepare youth for a diverse, global future. A must read for educators seeking to help students shape their common destiny.
Dr. Anthony Jackson, Asia Society
Creating the Global Classroom builds on the ideals of teaching and learning through global perspectives as students interact in a globally interconnected world. This challenge has never been more critical than now given our changing planet and human economic, environmental, political, and technological activities.
Merry Merryfield, Emeritus Professor, Social Studies and Global Education, School of Teaching and Learning, Studies, College of Education, The Ohio State University