ERIC Number: ED243622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Developing Global Perspectives about International Relations among Proactive Action Students in Rural Schools.
Since this is an age of international interdependence and even those growing up in small rural communities are not insulated against spill-over effects of global events, rural students should be exposed to world affairs and prepared for citizenship in the global community. Resources for organizing instructional activities to affect the global perspective of students can be found in typical school/community libraries: encyclopedias, novels, histories, travel publications, and newspapers. Many media resources can be obtained at minimal cost. The Proactive Action Model (perception--thought pattern--action) can be used to involve students directly in simulated activities which expose them to and involve them in critical thinking and decision making. Students can role-play as delegates in a model United Nations session, which can involve both students and teachers in research and organization. Topics of international importance, such as acid rain, Palestinian refugees, and nuclear waste disposal, can be discussed and debated, and students can issue final policy statements. The importance of the model United Nations to the development of global perspectives among students in rural schools is that these students gain opportunities to participate directly in learning activities which are informative, enriching, and fun. Fourteen resource organizations are listed. (MH)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Citizenship Education, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Models, Perspective Taking, Role Playing, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Simulation, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Participation, Student Role, World Affairs, World Problems
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.
Identifiers: Model United Nations; Proactive Action Model