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March 25, 2014 | 8:28 am
by Robin VitucciThe need for university/K-12 connections has become critical in recent years due to the increased role of teachers to foster global learning. Research suggests that teachers need time to practice their craft as part of adequate training. According to Ken Zeichner, however, there is a disconnect between what candidates learn in their preparation programs and what opportunities they have in their clinical experience to practice what they learn, especially as it relates to global education. Teacher training and education might be more useful when higher education institutions foster relationships with K-12 schools and create programs centered around the needs of the students those teachers will likely teach. Several institutions around the country have created programs to support teacher candidates and practicing teachers in bringing an international dimension into their classrooms.In the Office of K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University, faculty members work directly... read more
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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 | 12:29 pm
Courses that focus on specific content areas provide the most direct avenue for helping future teachers learn how to integrate knowledge of the world into their teaching. All subjects, not just social studies and languages, can be taught with the world in mind. Learning to do this well, to go beyond “food, flags, and festivals,” takes time, reflection, and guidance. It requires support for teacher candidates to deepen their knowledge of global issues, world regions, and cultures, and to learn new pedagogical practices they may not have experienced as students.Collaboration among faculty in education and arts and sciences can be particularly beneficial for revising instructional methods classes. Teacher educators for instructional methods courses can guide future teachers’ pedagogical practices so they can help their own students understand and engage with the world in meaningful ways. These practices include:Seeking accurate information from a variety of sources, especially primary... read more
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November 26, 2012 | 12:03 pm
As the flagship of the University system in Maryland, there is a tendency to assume that only big grants and major research projects will help cause new things to happen. In UMD's case, the first grant was just the lever needed to support a major initiative in internationalizing their teacher education programs and to the development of critical infrastructure for realizing widespread internationalization goals. The result is a campus that has evolved into a leader within the state and within the field of internationalization.Location: Small Beginnings Lead to Systemic ChangeThe initial small grant helped launch a cornerstone program that led to establishment of a college-wide infrastructure to initiate and support systemic internationalization efforts.  The creation of the Office of International Initiatives, under the portfolio of the associate dean for teacher education, outreach, and international programs, was a key. Dean Donna Wiseman identified Jim Greenberg - who was already a... read more