Publication Date

Spring 5-25-2014

Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

John Ungerleider

Second Advisor

Tatsushi Arai

Abstract

In this paper I present distinctive information from written resources and in-depth interviews with 17 constituents who are in some way involved in the incorporation of Global Education curriculum in the US. I specifically looked at Brookwood School in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, a private school looking to develop programming around this subject. I also looked at World Learning Youth Programs in order to gain insight from an institution solely focused on GE. The aim of the research was to learn why and how Global Education programs are being incorporated into curriculums, what skills schools are aiming to have their students learn through this curriculum and the challenges surrounding this effort. Additionally, the research was aimed at finding connections between these educational goals and peacebuilding skills. Though there is great agreement as to what skills should be garnered from these efforts to incorporate Global Education, there is little consensus on how to teach these skills. There is little time and energy devoted to the development and incorporation of these programs, they are often times not valued by the educational community, and though students are occasionally coming into contact with schools in other countries, there is little to show they have learned the skills the programs propose to teach. This study presents an innovative understanding of the skills needed for students to be global, empathetic citizens, and suggests that to bring peacebuilding skills in as part of Global Education curriculum can be a way of developing students’ “moral imaginations,” which is, ultimately, the projected goal of Global Education curriculum.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | International and Comparative Education