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Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies

Effective Instructional Approaches


Edited By Lydiah Nganga, John Kambutu and William B. Russell III

This book on global issues, trends, and practices is intended to serve primarily as an instructional and learning resource in social studies methods courses for preservice teachers. In addition, it is an effective social studies and global education resource for college faculty, graduate students, inservice educators, and other professionals because it has divergent, practical, and relevant ideas. Teaching global education is challenging. It requires an understanding of globalization and how it affects policies, reforms, and education. Therefore, this book explores real global issues in the classroom and also offers different innovative instructional strategies that educators have employed while teaching social studies courses. The volume includes detailed reviews of literature and research findings which facilitate the design of quality pertinent units and lessons plans. Indeed, this book is a critical tool to help educators and students to gain a better understanding of globalization and global education.
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Chapter Four: Immigration and Global Economies in the Context of Globalization: Lydiah Nganga, Keonghee Tao Han


Lydiah Nganga Keonghee Tao Han

In this chapter we examine immigration and global economies in the context of globalization. Globalization has led to new forms of colonialism and slavery, where powerful corporations from developed nations are taking over the land and natural resources of the Third World and forcing foreign-born immigrants to labor under inhumane conditions in host countries. In this neocolonial global context, we argue that global and multicultural education can be used to resolve global injustices and conflicts by helping instill in students a greater awareness of global interdependence and the need for social justice for all.

In this chapter, we examine immigration issues related to economic globalization and how these issues call for K–12 teachers and university instructors to become well-informed and proactive global multicultural educators. We explore the influence of international immigration, labor migration, economic marginalization, and displacement of local people by multinational corporations. Our hope is that in the face of the current phenomenon of an economically driven global diaspora, multicultural education can offer a possible solution to human rights and social injustices.

Globalization refers to internationalization and interconnectedness of the well-being of nations, the increasingly interdependent nature of the businesses, peoples, and the world as a whole (Green & Griffith, 2002; Kambutu & Nganga, 2008). Economic globalization means that economies are interdependent and integrated on a worldwide basis. Economic globalization has ← 37 | 38 → resulted in global communication and technology, international trade and business governance and agreement, increasing...

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