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Teacher Education @ Global Perspectives

  1. 1. Teacher Education @ Global Perspectives: Two Strategies to Develop Global Educators<br />Merry Merryfield <br />The Ohio State University <br />
  2. 2. How can we prepare teachers to help their students understand our amazingly interconnected and complex world?<br />
  3. 3. #1 Building long-term school / university collaboration <br />The goals of the Ohio State PDS Network in Social Studies and Global Education are to:<br />improve the education of preservice teachers in 7-12 social studies;<br />provide professional development for practicing teachers;<br />strengthen the knowledge base in social studies and global education through collaborative inquiry and action research.<br />
  4. 4. Some Key Factors<br />1.Local global educators (field professors) take on major roles in team-teaching 2 methods courses, mentoring interns over 9 months & planning major assessments.<br />2.Interns teach 1 day a week during methods & must infuse elements of global ed in their instruction.<br />3.Interns prepare and teach instructional units that include global ed pedagogy.<br />4.There is no gap between what is taught in ed courses and what is valued in the schools.<br />5. Field profs & OSU profs do research, write, get grants & present together.<br />
  5. 5. Methods seminar in Oct 2009 at Phoenix Middle School<br />
  6. 6. Focus on internal culture to provide real-life skills & knowledge<br />
  7. 7. GlobalapproachNon-global<br />Teach about injustice and howpeople have worked against oppression. <br />Ex. Students create a timeline of events in which Africans worked for freedom against European domination.<br />Have students develop critical reading skills to recognize bias and underlying assumptions.<br />Ex. Students analyze colonial documents and travel writing for their assumptions about race, power, and rights.<br />Often ignore oppression and injustice in other countries<br />Ex. Tells the story of European colonization of East Africa as “a glorious era of Europeans bringing light to the Dark Continent”.<br />Often gloss over American injustice and oppression or imply it was all in the past.<br />Ex. Teaches about the slave trade without attention to the suffering and oppression of Africans.<br />
  8. 8. On wall: Oxfam’s characteristics of students as citizens of the world:<br />Is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen. <br />Respects and values diversity. <br />Understands how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally. <br />Challenges injustice. <br />Participates in and contributes to the community from the local to the global. Is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place. <br />Takes responsibility for their actions. <br />Oxfam, Curriculum for Global Citizenship (1997)<br />
  9. 9. Field professors (teachers) learn from each other, and we all have fun working together–- for 19 years as of this month!<br />
  10. 10. #2 Cultural Consultants…<br />since 1991 are educators from other countries trained in intercultural education and paid to share their knowledge, experiences and perspectives with students in our courses.<br />
  11. 11. Bennett’s Intercultural Stages<br />1. Denial of differences<br />2. Defense, as evidenced by denigration or feelings of superiority<br />3. Minimization from either physical or transcendent universalism.<br />4. Acceptance of behavioral and value differences<br />5. Adaptation of skills for interacting and communicating are enhanced<br />6. Integration<br /> --- Milton Bennett, 1993, p. 59.<br />
  12. 12. Key Factors <br />CCs speak only for themselves, not their gender or country or religion.<br />CCs counter American assumptions, stereotypes, & misinformation directly with knowledge , shared experiences and scholarship.<br />CCs provide insights into choices of content & instructional decision-making ; suggest materials and resources.<br />CCs are personable and work at developing on-going collaboration, links to their countries or regions.<br />
  13. 13. Perspective Consciousness<br />The recognition that our view of the world is not universally shared, <br />that this view of the world has been and continues to be shaped by influences that often escape conscious detection, and <br />that others have views of the world that are profoundly different from one&apos;s own. <br /> --Robert Hanvey<br />
  14. 14. Bring in representative images and primary sources to address exotica and stereotypes.<br />Misato<br />Anne<br />
  15. 15. Suggest literature & films from their countries http://www.africaaccessreview.org/<br />http://www.africaaccessreview.org/<br />
  16. 16. Thank you<br />http://people.ehe.ohio-state.edu/mmerryfield/merryfield.1@osu.edu<br />