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ERIC Number: ED217376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Reading in Global Education: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach.
Swift, Jonathan
In terms of direct experience, students are limited to their immediate environment--unless that environment is expanded. A school of global education was therefore developed in the Livonia Public Schools (Michigan) to identify and implement ways by which this sought-after awareness could be incorporated into a secondary school multidisciplinary program. The school staff consists of four teachers and a teaching director, plus teachers from various disciplines. This staffing pattern allows for flexible schedules, team teaching, and an interdisciplinary approach to concepts. The curriculum is written so that the academic commonalities of each discipline are interspersed throughout all the disciplines. In addition, the content is presented so that the emphasis is placed on interpretation of events and works using a global perspective, rather than on a chronological spectrum of these events and works. Through such a multidisciplinary program it is possible to develop visual literacy, to appreciate more fully language competency in economics and international relations, to evaluate scientific and technological progress, and to highlight and trace the consistency of reading development across disciplines. What is needed is greater communication and collaboration between teachers of various disciplines and their active participation in contributing to the role of reading as an indispensible means of acquiring skills, various experiences, content knowledge, empathetic ability, and heightened powers of imagination and problem solving. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the World Congress on Reading of the International Reading Association (8th, Manila, Philippines, August 5-7, 1980).