ERIC Number: EJ789567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Including Voices from the World through Global Citizenship Education
Heilman, Elizabeth E.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v20 n4 p30-32 Mar-Apr 2008
Linking to voices from the world is exciting for both students and teachers, but everyone needs to understand that global education is a form of citizenship education. The activities of the nation have a great effect on people in the rest of the world, whether in the realm of economics, diplomacy, the media, or the environment. Some states, like Wisconsin, have made global education a strong part of the elementary curriculum. More commonly though, elementary social studies presents a seemingly non-global curriculum featuring history, economics, and geography based on American communities, states, and regions. American literature, poetry and folklore are featured in language arts. Voices from the world seem hard to fit into such a curriculum. The challenge this presents can meet through two broad approaches: looking for global dimensions across the curriculum, and using global examples and making global comparisons to enrich an otherwise "single-nation curriculum." In this article, the author offers some suggestions on how to do this.
Descriptors: Global Education, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, International Relations, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Curriculum, Comparative Analysis, History, Economics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin