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ERIC Number: EJ809538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Fostering National and Global Citizenship: An Example from South Africa
Ukpokodu, Omiunota Nelly
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v21 n1 p15-18 Sep-Oct 2008
During a recent trip to South Africa, the author had an array of opportunities to experience the cultural, historical, political, and geographic landscape of the country. He was privileged to visit classrooms and to teach and interact with students and teachers. Through teaching some lessons on democracy and citizenship, the author learned that young South Africans are aware of events and conditions not only in their nation, but also in other countries. This experience with South African elementary students contrasted with his observations of students in grades 4-6 in some elementary schools in the United States regarding their knowledge of the history and social realities of their country and the world. In some of the U.S. classrooms, students mostly talked about living in a free country, having rights and freedoms, and little or nothing about how government works, current issues, or other concepts such as "E Pluribus Unum." The difference between these two groups may be due to the fact that South Africa's school curriculum and instruction systematically integrate multicultural and global perspectives and current issues into students' curricular experiences. In this article, the author discusses powerful strategies for the systematic integration of global and multicultural perspectives into student learning in social studies in U.S. classrooms. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United States