Publication Date

2016

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Davina Durgana

Abstract

The purpose of my research is to investigate the current climate within the field of International Education, create a meaningful connection to education reform efforts that shows the merit and necessity of internationally-focused curricula in a global society, and to argue in favor of attainable, effective cultural engagement programing in US primary education reform by which US students combine standard learning objectives with multicultural elements to improve cultural communication, awareness, understanding, and adaptation. By beginning cultural education and engagement in primary school, I will explain how students will develop a better understanding of other cultures, be more willing to invest their time into their education and create more avenues to sustainable solutions to global issues, leading to improved race and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and other foreign governments, as well as more inclusive governance and peace-building processes, all the while growing the field of International Education.

Keywords: International Education, Education, Curriculum, Reform, International Learning, Study Abroad, Culture, Engagement, Immersion

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Psychology | International and Comparative Education | Other Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education