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Cross Cultural Awareness. By: Starlet Taylor. Global Learning. Global education is “an effort to cultivate in young people a perspective of the world which emphasizes the interconnections among cultures, species, and the planet”(NCSS, 1982, pp. 1-2).

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cross cultural awareness

Cross Cultural Awareness

By: Starlet Taylor

global learning
Global Learning
  • Global education is “an effort to cultivate in young people a perspective of the world which emphasizes the interconnections among cultures, species, and the planet”(NCSS, 1982, pp. 1-2).
  • According to Merryfield, “ it develops the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary for decision-making and effective participation in a world characterized by interconnectedness, cultural pluralism, and increasing competition for resources.”(p. 4)
components of global learning
Components of Global Learning

There are five components to global learning.

  • Cross Cultural Awareness
  • Perspective Consciousness
  • State of Planet Awareness
  • Systems Connectedness
  • Option for Participation
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Cross Cultural Awareness
  • Cross Cultural Awareness is the diversity of ideas of different cultures found in societies all over the world.
  • It consists of concepts of how others may view one’s own culture due to preconceived notions.
levels of culturally awareness
Levels of Culturally Awareness
  • Parochial stage-My way is the only way
  • Ethnocentric stage-I know their way, but my way is better
  • Synergistic stage-MyWay and Their Way
  • Participatory Third Culture stage-Our Way
ways to manage cultural awareness
Ways to manage Cultural Awareness
  • Admit that you don’t know
  • Suspend judgments
  • Empathy
  • Become comfortable with ambiguity
  • Celebrate diversity.
impact on students
Impact on Students
  • Culturally awareness will prepare our students to become great people.
  • It will allow the students to respect other cultures.
  • They will become culturally diverse.
  • Students may be treated differently by other students because of their culture.
  • Students may have a hard time forming friendships due to cultural differences.
  • Learning may not occur if the teacher is not culturally aware.
  • Students may feel depressed, neglected, and lonely.
integration through unit of study
Integration through Unit of Study
  • Allowing students to conduct research about different countries
  • Students performing in plays about different holidays celebrated across the world.
  • Videos about different cultures
  • Reading books and taking notes about different cultures.
  • Informational papers over different cultural topics such as home life, holidays, famous leaders, foods, etc.
integration through other disciplines
Integration through other disciplines
  • All about me posters created by students
  • Family night-parents share stories about their cultures
  • United Nations day-students dress up in their native attire
  • World food potluck-students bring a popular dish from their country
culturally awareness resources
Culturally Awareness Resources
  • Merryfield, M.M., Jarchow, E., & Pickert, S.(Eds.). 1997 Preparing teachers to teach global perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • National Council for Social Studies(NCSS). (1982). Position Statement on education. Washington, DC: Author.