ERIC Number: ED207952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Teaching Students to be Proactive Change Agents in a Global Age: A New Direction for Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education.
A proactive individual can perceive, research, evaluate, and act upon a problem in a manner that is responsible to both himself and to the society. The development of proactive students requires changes in teacher training strategies. Teachers must behave as "directors" and not "dictators" of student learning, and curricula must be changed to reflect future studies concerns as well as the present. One instructional strategy which has proven to be helpful in nurturing proactive behavior is the Human and Environment Learning Program (HELP). HELP exposes students to global environments and to related problems using a model with three processes: perception, thought pattern, and action. Another approach can be found in the creation of Global Horizons, a program for the teaching of those elements of environmental education and social studies which help the student to understand and to perceive his relationship to other people and to the world. Global education should be an effort to cultivate in young people a perspective of the world which emphasizes the interconnections among cultures, species, and the planet. Opportunities should be expanded for preservice and inservice teachers to train in this area. (CJ)
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