Global Thinking in the Classroom

As the number of international students pursuing higher education in the US continues to increase, and the number of American students studying abroad continues to grow, colleges and universities are becoming increasingly interested in globalizing the curriculum. Classrooms that include global examples, projects, and case studies not only expand students’ global thinking opportunities, but also create inclusive classroom environments and prepare students for the workforce.

Purdue University has put together a brief guide on  Global Learning Faculty Teaching Tips, which includes the value of integrating global issues in the classroom as well as suggestions to faculty in transforming classroom teaching.

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning  focuses on using 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving to understand global issues and also emphasizes the value in having students work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures to increase global awareness across the curriculum.  This link provides additional resources on global awareness initiatives that have primarily been used in K-12 education; however can be implemented in college classes as well.

Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World provides insight into the skills students need to develop for global competency. Anthony Jackson explains how students should be able to ask globally significant questions, understand the perspectives of others, communicate their ideas to a diverse audience, understand global impacts, and apply their knowledge both in disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings.

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