ERIC Number: EJ1103847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Connecting Students Cross-Nationally through Facebook
Shaw, Carolyn M.
Journal of Political Science Education, v12 n3 p353-368 2016
For over a decade, academia has been engaged in a lively discussion of how to internationalize the curriculum so that students are better prepared to step into the role of global citizens. This article contributes to the discussion of methods that can be employed to further promote internationalization. The article examines a class project designed with the goal of connecting students through the use of Facebook in order to expand their global awareness and perspectives. In the project, students from U.S. and non-U.S. colleges posted images and descriptions of international relations concepts. By recognizing that others around the world attribute different (and sometimes similar) meanings to these concepts, students broadened their own understandings and gained a greater awareness of the diversity in the study of international relations. A review of three iterations of the project yields useful feedback for future endeavors. While this study is focused on international relations concepts, the framework could also be adapted for other topic areas where a comparative perspective would be beneficial.
Descriptors: Social Media, College Students, International Programs, Cultural Awareness, International Relations, Foreign Countries, Student Surveys, Freedom, Pictorial Stimuli, Student Attitudes, Civil Rights, Global Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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