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Creating an Effective Global Education Program for Elementary School Children

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For many students, college is the first time that they come into contact with peers that can be defined as “different.” In an increasingly interconnected world, the lack of opportunity to develop skills required for global living is a problem. To help young generations to achieve intercultural competence, the United States and many other areas of the world would benefit from a form of global education that demands little resources and begins with K-12 students. Our project involves identifying key strategies for global education in average U.S. public-school classrooms and to demonstrate that global education can coexist and strengthen regular classroom activities for all rather than being restricted to expensive study-abroad adventures for few rich kids only. To solve the problem of lack of access to global education, we propose adding on a perspective sharing learning objective to activities already taking place in the classroom. Our project aims to design a global education program using video platforms to connect 4th graders in Missoula to cultural others. The learning objectives include mainly reflection and perspective sharing in the classroom. To assess the effectiveness of our program, we will conduct pre/post surveys with both the teachers and the students involved. The evaluation results will allow us to refine the design of the program for future potential application in schools that lack affordable global education.

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Creating an Effective Global Education Program for Elementary School Children

For many students, college is the first time that they come into contact with peers that can be defined as “different.” In an increasingly interconnected world, the lack of opportunity to develop skills required for global living is a problem. To help young generations to achieve intercultural competence, the United States and many other areas of the world would benefit from a form of global education that demands little resources and begins with K-12 students. Our project involves identifying key strategies for global education in average U.S. public-school classrooms and to demonstrate that global education can coexist and strengthen regular classroom activities for all rather than being restricted to expensive study-abroad adventures for few rich kids only. To solve the problem of lack of access to global education, we propose adding on a perspective sharing learning objective to activities already taking place in the classroom. Our project aims to design a global education program using video platforms to connect 4th graders in Missoula to cultural others. The learning objectives include mainly reflection and perspective sharing in the classroom. To assess the effectiveness of our program, we will conduct pre/post surveys with both the teachers and the students involved. The evaluation results will allow us to refine the design of the program for future potential application in schools that lack affordable global education.