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February 28, 2013 | 10:42 am
Globally-oriented physical education teachers bring games, sports, and dances from around the world, as well as non-Western practices such as yoga, tai chi, and karate into their classes. Teaching students why and how these activities developed in a particular context can enrich their understanding of the world, while developing their physical skills. Teachers can also engage students in interdisciplinary projects to help them learn about topics such as the global business of sports, nutrition practices in different regions, cultural influence on health practices, or the impact of global warming and poverty on health throughout the world. To develop pre-service physical education teachers’ global competence, Oklahoma State University offers a three-week course in Japan about international athletic training.  Students in the course learn about Japanese techniques of injury care, participate in cultural activities, attend sporting events, and visit with local students and families. ... read more
February 18, 2013 | 8:44 am
The leadership and faculty of the Reich College of Education (RCOE) at Appalachian State University have developed a collaborative culture that emphasizes communities of practice. RCOE’s conceptual framework offers the following direction:We view our candidates and ourselves as active, continuous learners. Because this process proceeds despite any conscious efforts to alter it, schools and all other agencies should take into account the principles that drive the process. Second, learning occurs as individuals engage in meaningful social activity … As a result, we must pay attention to both the social and the individual nature of teaching, learning, and organizational life.In building and articulating this community, RCOE has included global understanding in their mission objectives. One specifically states “Integrating multicultural and global perspectives and knowledge into all program areas to prepare graduates to work with diverse populations in diverse environments.”  RCOE... read more