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Creating a global consciousness: The impact of international studies curriculum on student development of global awareness
by McNabb, Meridith Renee, M.Ed., The University of Oklahoma, 2013, 64; 1524511
Abstract (Summary)

Global consciousness is an important trait for high-school students to exhibit. One way that global consciousness can be incorporated into the curriculum is via an elective International Studies class. The purpose of this study was to determine what effect, if any, taking an International Studies class would have on students’ global awareness. The questions that guided this study were: 1. What aspects of an international studies course resonated most with students? 2. What impact did participation in this course have on student global competence?

In order to research this topic, I conducted a case study in which an International Studies class was studied. The teacher who developed and taught the course was interviewed, in addition to three of her former students. Twenty-three students whom were students currently taking the class also participated in a survey.

The methodology for this study was consistent with the case-study approach. A school was selected that offered International Studies, former students and their teacher was interviewed, and current students volunteered to participate in a survey. The data were recorded and analyzed for possible themes. Three key themes emerged that spoke to the effect the course had upon students. First, the course served as a foundation of information the students were able to draw on and apply later in life. Second, the course served as an opportunity for students to increase their international literacy. Third, the course provided an opportunity for the students to become more globally aware citizens. These results were analyzed and interpreted through two theoretical lenses: John Dewey’s Theory of Experience and James Banks’ Theory of the Cosmopolitan Citizen.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Houser, Neil
School: The University of Oklahoma
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Social studies education
Keywords: Global citizenship, Global consciousness, International studies, Student development
Publication Number: 1524511
ISBN: 978-1-303-58666-8
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