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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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What is global education? What is the role of education in a global world? How do we prepare students to become effective citizens in a global community? How do we effectively teach global education? These questions have spawned many debates and scholarly discussions and are not easily answered. No matter if you align with the core constructs of global interconnectedness or perspective consciousness, global education curriculum and pedagogy form an important educational concept that has and will continue to arouse interest and ignite discussion.

Exploring Globalization Opportunities and Challenges in Social Studies: Effective Instructional Approaches examines global education and how it should be taught in the social studies. This volume includes twenty-one chapters and is divided into two sections. Part 1, Global Issues, Trends, Policies, Practices, and Implications, includes chapters that examine relevant global issues. This section begins with a chapter by John Kambutu that examines globalization, its history, impact, and role in education. The following chapter by Catherine Cooke-Canitz analyzes the challenges of teacher acculturation and presents four main orientations to help in understanding the various responses that teachers have toward their immigrant students. Chapter 3, by Paul G. Fitchett, explores the dynamics of neoliberalism, its impact on immigrant identity, and the manner in which social studies textbooks and curricula have propagated neoliberal principles. Fitchett’s chapter is followed by Lydiah Nganga and Keonghee Tao Han’s examination of immigration issues related to economic globalization and how these issues call for K–12 teachers and university instructors to become...

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