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March 7, 2014 | 1:19 pm
What a Difference a Global Education Paradigm for Social Studies Teacher Education Can Make from jrharshman
Posted by: Jason Harshman
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February 28, 2013 | 11:40 am
Social studies, the traditional home of “global education,” includes many courses and topics that lend themselves readily to teaching about the world. The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) identifies history, geography, civics and government, economics, and psychology as the subject areas associated with social studies education. Few teachers, however, have received specialized training during their certification preparation to teach these areas in a global context. Thus for many years, globalizing the curriculum has been the province of professional development for practicing teachers. Social studies teachers often rely on in-service training programs, such as those offered through Title VI National Resource Centers, to gain the skills needed to teach social studies in a manner than includes international perspectives.Social studies education organizations advocate for providing global perspectives in the field. For example, NCSS has developed a position statement on the... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:15 pm
Here is a quick summary of elements to consider when internationalizing teacher preparation programs.  This section of the website explores many different aspects of internationalization in teacher preparation.When revising teacher preparation programs, ensure that:General education coursework helps each prospective teachers develop deep knowledge of at least one world region, culture, or global issue, and facility in one language in addition to English. Professional education courses teach the pedagogical skills to enable future teachers to teach the global dimensions of their subject matter. GTE offers information by subject, including English language arts, mathematics, physical education and health, science, social studies, and visual and performing arts.International and domestic field experiences support the development of pre-service teachers’ global perspectives. There are incentives, not barriers, to faculty at all levels engaging in this work. All work aligns to the global... read more