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ERIC Number: EJ1042077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Testing the Flat World Thesis: Using a Public Dataset to Engage Students in the Global Inequality Debate
Arabandi, Bhavani; Sweet, Stephen; Swords, Alicia
Teaching Sociology, v42 n4 p267-276 Oct 2014
We present a learning module to engage students in the global inequality debate using Google Public Data World Development Indicators. Goals of this article are to articulate the importance and urgency of teaching global issues to American students; situate the central debate in the globalization literature, paying particular attention to global inequalities and trajectories of convergence or divergence in life chances; and demonstrate the value of engaging students in the analysis of macro-level data. These data enable students to test assumptions concerning gaps in opportunities that separate wealthy societies from poor societies and determine whether these gaps are narrowing or expanding. Depending on the course content and combinations of indicators studied, students reach different conclusions concerning the merits of a "flat world" thesis. We find that teaching about global inequalities and engagement with global data reshapes students' beliefs and enhances student interest in the concerns of global relations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York