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ERIC Number: EJ865371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Thinking Globally when Teaching Locally
Van Reken, Ruth E.; Rushmore, Sally
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v45 n2 p60-68 Win 2009
Advances in science and technology, globalization of trade, international competition for markets, ethnic conflicts, and the limits of the planet's ecosystem have brought global issues and the people of the world to doorsteps and classrooms. With the increasing interaction among peoples of the world, skills in cross-cultural communication, intercultural competence, and the need for knowledge and understanding of people of other cultures have become critical to survival. Global awareness and education based on global understanding are quickly becoming necessities for today's educator. Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) has taken a major step in helping its members develop global awareness by partnering with EF Educational Tours to send teacher-education students to countries throughout the world. EF Tours generously awarded all-expense-paid scholarships exclusively to KDP members following a rigorous application process. Among the goals of the EF Tours Global Awareness Adventure Scholarship were to make an impact on the recipients' lives and the lives of their future students, schools, and communities, and to promote global awareness and thinking. This article describes how this experience helps students understand and embrace cultural diversity present within the United States and how international travel promotes global awareness and encourages the exchange of ideas and knowledge between peoples and nations. By sending teacher-education students to Ireland, Italy, Spain, England, France, Egypt, Austria, Greece, Costa Rica, Peru, Japan, China, or Australia, EF Tours opened the eyes and minds of future teachers, enabling them to realize that each person sees the world through the lens of his or her history, culture, and experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Austria; China; Costa Rica; Egypt; France; Greece; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Peru; Spain; United States