ERIC Number: ED214889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Global Education. A Study of Schooling in the United States. Technical Report Series, No. 20.
Tye, Kenneth A.
Upper elementary and secondary students, teachers, and parents were surveyed to measure their attitudes toward nationalism and students' knowledge of world affairs. Teachers were also questioned about their travel experiences and inservice activities. Results of the survey indicated that the students, in general, were against war, realized that Americans cannot alone solve all world problems, felt that foreigners should be allowed to live in the United States, believed that schools should not teach that the United States is the best in the world, and believed that schools should teach about other countries and people. Older students were less positive about the United States sharing with other countries, although students in lower socioeconomic schools were more willing to share. All students scored poorly on questions about world affairs, and curriculum materials at the secondary level showed very little international content. A majority of teachers believed that schools should teach about other countries and should help students develop positive attitudes toward people from other countries. However, they tended to believe that students should be taught to place national citizenship ahead of world citizenship and to place more emphasis upon patriotism. The average social studies teacher was neither more multilingual nor better traveled than teachers of other subjects. Few inservice activities involved learning a second language. Parents' responses were for the most part similar to the teachers' responses, although some schools were identified in which parents and teachers disagreed on attitudes toward patriotism and world citizenship. The point is made that implementing global education in the schools would be desirable and that perhaps the upper elementary level would be the best stage at which to initiate it. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Instructional Materials, International Relations, Knowledge Level, Nationalism, Parent Attitudes, School Responsibility, Social Sciences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Development of Educational Activities, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education