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From Teaching Globalization to Nurturing Global Consciousness

Veronica Boix Mansilla and Howard Gardner

in Learning in the Global Era

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520254343
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254343.003.0002
From Teaching Globalization to Nurturing Global Consciousness

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This chapter looks at promising educational practices employed by an exemplary group of teachers in Massachusetts and the difficulties they encounter in their attempts to engage students in the study of globalization. It offers a view of what effective twenty-first-century classrooms might look like, and points to important areas of research needed to improve current understanding of students' experiences in living and learning within the context of globalization. The chapter identifies strategies that educators may incorporate to facilitate students' development of ‘global consciousness.’ It also delineates four core aspects of globalization that may help teachers focus their perspectives and lessons: economic integration, environmental stewardship, cultural encounters, and governance and citizenship. Moreover, the chapter presents a detailed breakdown of the cognitive-affective capacities of global sensitivity, global understanding, and global self to provide a valuable map for understanding the concept of global consciousness.

Keywords: Massachusetts; teachers; globalization; learning; global consciousness; economic integration; environmental stewardship; cultural encounters; governance; citizenship

Chapter.  7240 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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