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ERIC Number: EJ902455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Becoming Global Citizens without Leaving Home
DiGeorgio-Lutz, JoAnn
Teaching in Higher Education, v15 n6 p715-720 Dec 2010
As an associate professor of International Relations with a specialization in Middle East Politics at a rural, public university in east Texas, the author's most challenging role as an educator focuses on how she can motivate her students to become global citizens. That is, how can she enrich their semester-long learning experience so that they can become "globally competent learners," which will subsequently guide them to become global citizens long after the semester has ended. This question is important because her students are not able to participate in the more powerful person-to-person international exchange of cultural values. Instead, their global experience has to begin and end entirely in the classroom. In this article, the author discusses how to incorporate globally competent learning in classes in any given semester and how to globalize classes without simply adding textbooks with a global perspective. She describes how she challenged her students in a Middle East foreign policy class to experience the world beyond the classroom by becoming "citizens" of other countries. The global transformation was done through their participation in the National Council on US-Arab Relations' Model Arab League (MAL), a three day, inter-university simulation held every spring semester in which students represent member governments of the 22 nations that comprise the Arab League.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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