Global Perspectives of Elementary School Teachers: A Research Study
Keywords:social studies, global prespectives, teacher education
The importance of global education cannot be overstated in modern society. In order to be successful and live happily in the world, today’s young people must develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to interact with people and countries around the globe. The first step to promoting global perspectives in the classroom is to insure that the teachers we entrust those classrooms to have developed their own global perspectives. This study sought to determine the extent to which American elementary school teachers in a diverse, urban school district had developed global perspectives as well as the demographic, educational, and lifestyle factors that influenced those perspectives. The results indicated that while most of the teachers who participated in the study did have global perspectives, schools of education are not doing enough to promote globalization and global citizenship in pre-service teachers.