ERIC Number: ED200489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
International Dimensions in American Education: Evaluative Criteria for Precollegiate Programs.
Slouka, Z. J.; Slouka, O.
The purposes of the project described in this document are to identify and evaluate factors which encourage a global perspective in students in grades K-12. The document is presented in three major sections. Section one introduces the scope of the study, discusses objectives, and describes evaluation methods, including reviewing written materials, identifying and observing internationally oriented teaching efforts, and interviewing over 600 educators. Section two presents findings in two categories--approaches and factors. Four major instructional approaches used by teachers at the precollegiate level include comprehensive international dimension programs, self-contained international programs, spontaneous interdisciplinary activities, and spontaneous ad hoc efforts involving, for example, current events. Factors discussed in relation to these approaches are program objectives, instructional capabilities, program legitimacy and leadership, instructional resources, and teaching environment. Based on examination of these approaches and factors, a wide variety of evaluative criteria is suggested. Examples include, "How well does the international program fit into the school's reward structure?""Are teachers given extra preparatory time for global studies courses?""What is the school librarian's role in international programs and projects?" and "To what extent does the educational environment require demonstration of faculty competence in handling international subjects?" Section three offers an analytical matrix of evaluative criteria. Major matrix headings are educational objectives, capabilities, legitimacy, and resources. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Postsecondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of International Education.
Authoring Institution: International Studies Association, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: United States