ERIC Number: EJ799278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Teaching Globalization Issues to Education Students: What's the Point?
Hytten, Kathy; Bettez, Silvia Cristina
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n2 p168-181 Apr 2008
We argue that teaching the dynamics of globalization to education students is an important aspect of teaching for social justice and for the development of critical awareness, thinking, and sensitivity. We begin this position paper by briefly characterizing globalization and exploring a range of approaches to teaching this topic. We then describe some of the challenges and risks of teaching globalization issues. We reflect on the responses of our students, looking at such issues as guilt, paralysis, disconnection, fear, pity, and anger. We end by describing how teaching about globalization can support our broader goals as critical educators, which include helping students to disrupt commonsense understandings, to unlearn dominant ideologies, to think systemically, and to create new habits of learning.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Global Approach, Ideology, Teaching Methods, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Thinking Skills, Information Technology, Political Issues, Social Influences
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