ERIC Number: EJ1002608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 0
Around the World in 80 Pages: Notable Trade Books through the Lens of "Cosmopolitan Education"
Jacobs, Benjamin M.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v25 n2 p28-32 Nov-Dec 2012
In the age of globalization--marked by growing interrelationships and interdependence between nations, economies, people, and cultures the world over--U.S. educators are increasingly interested in how to induct young children effectively and appropriately into the responsibilities of global citizenship. Research studies, conceptual explorations, curriculum guides, and teaching materials produced over the past few decades address this question from a variety of vantage points. Some writers suggest that teachers emphasize democratic and free market values as a means of exporting a homogenized version of American culture worldwide (referred to as the "assimilationist" approach). Other writers advocate for developing awareness of the diverse people, cultures, and societies around the globe with whom they may have increased contact now or in the future (referred to as the "multicultural" approach). A third approach that has gained traction in recent years is cosmopolitan education, which calls for embracing a broader horizon of outlook and concern for global humanity (i.e., relationships between people and understanding the needs of others) and global ecology (i.e., relationships between people and the environment), while simultaneously remaining rooted in one's local culture, heritage, and mores, and valuing what they may contribute to global understanding. This review looks through the lens of cosmopolitan education at three children's books selected by NCSS and the Children's Book Council as "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2012." It begins with a brief synopsis of the idea of cosmopolitan education and its application to social studies, then summarizes and critiques the children's books in light of this framework, and suggests some potential teaching applications for the books with the goals of cosmopolitan education in mind. (Contains 11 notes.)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Studies, Citizenship, Global Approach, Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Books, Instructional Materials
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