ERIC Number: ED218169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
From Foreign Aid to Foreign Trade: Developing Proactive Student Awareness and Understanding of the Economic and Political Growth and Influence of Nations within the Global Community.
This paper discusses U.S. foreign aid to and international trade with developing countries. It also briefly discusses the need for social studies to infuse global education in its curriculum and presents a model to involve students in world problems. The first part of the paper describes the purposes of foreign aid to developing countries and traces some of the history of U.S. foreign aid to developing countries from 1944 through the 1970s. The second part of the paper discusses the purposes of international trade among the nations of the world, stating that since the early 1960s many Third World nations have moved from the status of foreign aid recipients to that of participants in global trade activities. Several trade theories and practices that affect the degree of international trade of any nation are listed, such as the concept of free trade and the policy of restrictionism. Then some examples of contemporary events and situations in the global market place are given. The third part of the paper focuses on the need for students in social studies classes to develop an awareness and understanding of the concept of interdependence among nations. The fourth part of the paper presents a Proactive Action Model to involve high school students in both the investigation and solution of contemporary world problems. The last part of the paper offers remarks made by President Reagan, Robert S. McNamara, Charles W. Yost, and Hugh Scott about economic development in the interdependent world community. (NE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.
Identifiers: International Trade