"Globalization is not a monolithic force but an evolving set of consequences - some good, some bad and some unintended. It is the new reality." - John B. Larson
As Appiah points out in his book Cosmopolitanism "Only in the past couple of centuries, as every human community has gradually been drawn into a single web of trade and a global network of information, have we come to a point where each of us can realistically imagine contacting any other of of our six billion conspecifics and sending that person something worth having..." Through greater interdependence, the world is seemingly becoming smaller. Through technology and greater communication, it is easier than ever to network and connect with individuals around the world. Thus, through the use of technology and incorporating inquiry based lessons that promote an understanding of world issues, my students will better be able to connect to the global community.
Inquiry allows students to develop questions and research responses to the inquiry question. Through inquiry, curiosity is inspired and students construct their own learning through their discoveries. Students are then able to create products that reflect this learning and share their experiences in the classroom and beyond.
The two buttons connect to projects I completed for Dr Lee's ECI 524 class. The Poverty Around the World unit project provides opportunities for students to explore global poverty's impact on those living in extreme poverty, human rights and poverty, and learn about efforts to combat extreme global poverty. Throughout this unit, students work in groups to discuss findings and to create products that promote awareness about the issues discussed.
The Sweatshops project is an inquiry where students look at both sides of the sweatshop debate and draw conclusions about whether they feel sweatshops are necessary or not. The students read multiple texts that draw a picture of the lives of those who work in sweatshops, describe why sweatshops exists, and discuss what governments and multinational corporations are doing to address sweatshop conditions. Students discuss their conclusions and findings in a seminar.
Inquiry Model: http://buffalo.uwex.edu/files/2015/01/inquiry-based-learning.gif