ERIC Number: ED199135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Education for a Global Society: Report of Seminar (Pasadena, California, January 20, 1979).
Bush, Walker, Ed.; Stockemer, Anne
A seminar is described which explored ways in which education could contribute to building the kind of global society that 1979's children might be able and willing to inherit. The year 1979 which was proclaimed "International Year of the Child" by the United Nations opened in Pasadena, California, with a week long International Cooperation Festival for world community. The seminar which was held on the first day of the festival brought together educators, students, community leaders, and the general public. The report contains discussions of the panelists and their dialogue with the audience. Examples of strategies discussed follow. One college teacher describes a unit on "Revolutions" in which students examine changes in such diverse fields as music, fashion, liberation movements, or ideas in religion. The purpose of the unit is to prepare students for the inevitable changes in their lives. A former secondary school teacher stresses the need for a new mind set among both teachers and students which "can provide the basis for a broader global-oriented approach to education at all levels." A professor discussed the work of the United Nations University which began operation in 1975 as a worldwide network of research and advanced training in the areas of world hunger, use and management of natural resources, and human and social development. One panelist felt that in order to bring about awareness and make it last, we need to make global education experiential. She uses the year she spent with the World Campus Afloat Program as an example. Other topics discussed include the activities of the Academy of World Studies and of the Education Abroad Program, the need for world universities with global education programs, and whether or not formal education is prepared to deal with the problem of global communication. The report concludes with a listing of organizations which are sources of resource materials on global education. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Higher Education, Intercultural Programs, Study Abroad, World Affairs
California Council for the United Nations University, Mankind Center, 350 S. Figueroa, Suite 370, Los Angeles, CA 90071 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Council for the United Nations Univ., Los Angeles.; World Univ. in Ojai, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A