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Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies

Effective Instructional Approaches

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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 Twenty-one: Social Studies Education in a Globalized Era: Afterword: Lydiah Nganga & John Kambutu

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Lydiah Nganga John Kambutu

Globalization is a not a new phenomenon. Rather, the world has always experienced events that facilitated economic, political, cultural, social and military interconnectedness. The current magnitude and the effect of contemporary globalization, however, are new phenomena. Indeed, the uniqueness of contemporary globalization is perhaps evident in the transformation of the world into a “village.” The ongoing advances in technology and information are perhaps responsible for the emerging global village. Due to advances in technology, for example, the physical and cultural barriers that previously hindered global interactions are no longer a reality. Instead, improved technologies are allowing people of different cultural persuasions to interact both physically and virtually at rates never imagined, thus turning the world into a place of interdependence and interconnection. Due to global interconnection and interdependence, the effects of an event in one part of the world are now reverberating throughout the entire world (Wiarda, 2007). The ongoing global economic crisis is a good example of how well the world is interconnected.

Given that the world is now a web of complex interconnections, educators ought to rethink social studies education. To prepare for the complexities inherent in a globalized period, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS, 2010) recommends an education that equips learners with skills, knowledge and dispositions essential for global citizenship. While skills in technology and informational management are essential, preparing learners for effective functioning in a world that is interconnected economically, socially, culturally and, to a...

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