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Global Education

  • By: Elizabeth E. Heilman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Global education has been gaining increasing prominence in K12 and higher education policy and curriculum in response to a world in which our geopolitical, environmental, and economic fates are increasingly interconnected. It focuses on knowledge of global issues, on understanding the world through interrelated systems, and on multiple perspectives and cultures. Young people learn about global issues from the cultural curriculum of television, movies, newspapers, and magazines; from social and religious groups, friends, and family; from their work environments and schools; and from a range of explicit formal curriculum in school. The related but distinct fields of social studies, science, literature, environmental education, multicultural education, critical theory, peace education, education for human rights, and development education all include theorists and organizations who call for globally ...

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