Global education involves learning about those problems and issues that cut across national boundaries and about the interconnectedness of systems—ecological, cultural, economic, political, and technological. Global education involves seeing things through the eyes and minds of others and realizing that while individuals and groups may view life differently, they also have common needs and wants. Global education includes the study of world cultures and religions, world literature, the interrelatedness of world history, and cross-cultural communication skills. Global education looks at cultural diversity, human rights, and prejudice reduction outside the nation, to provide students with an understanding of the world outside their own (Lucas, 2010). Global education also means learning from and about others so that we can make changes to our own cultures and constructs. Global education creates an increasingly deeper appreciation of and interaction with others. This newfound appreciation results in benefits to economics, community cohesion, the environment, peace studies, and more (Skelton, 2010).
Through global education, students will recognize that they have a view of the world that is not universally shared and develop receptivity to other perspectives. Students will acquire an awareness and understanding of the global condition and of global developments and trends. They will develop an understanding of the concepts of justice, human rights, and responsibilities and be able to apply that understanding. Students will become aware that the choices they make and the actions they take individually and collectively have repercussions for the global present and the global future and develop the social and political action skills necessary for becoming effective participants in democratic decision-making at a variety of levels (Marshall, 2007). Global education and critical pedagogy go hand in hand to create an atmosphere that promotes diversity and creates engaged and active citizens. In order for students to question policies and practices, they must understand how they affect everyone and how the world works together.
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Cultures in the Classroom
Strength in Differences: Cultural Diversity
Training Guide for Families from Diverse Language and Cultural Backgrounds
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Lucas, A. G. (2010). Distinguishing between multicultural and global education: The challenge of conceptualizing and addressing the two fields. Clearing House, 83(6), 211. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier.
Skelton, M. (2010). Global learning. Education Journal, (124), 39. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier.