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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.