A School with a Global Vision: Becoming World-minded through Service Learning

By C. Bobbi Hansen.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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In the 21st century it is more important than ever to include global education as an essential component of a school’s curriculum. This paper showcases one innovative US charter school that created a mission to engage students in service learning in order to encourage their awareness of people and issues around the globe. The specific issues addressed are: 1) the rationale for inserting global education into the curriculum of schools, 2) how the pedagogy of service learning is able to advance goals of global understanding, and 3) how the school’s vision is able to benefit both teachers and students.

Keywords: Global Education, Service Learning, School Reform

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.37-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 277.505KB).

C. Bobbi Hansen

Associate Professor, Department of Learning and Teaching, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

Dr. Bobbi Hansen is a faculty member at the University of San Diego where she has been twice awarded the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor at the university. She received her B.S. degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana, a M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and her Ed.D. degree from the University of Southern California. She teaches courses at both the preservice and graduate levels. Currently, she is serving as the pedagogical expert in three federal grants. In 1999, she was among an international team of educators invited to assist in the development of a new system of schools in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Her other research projects have included grants from the University of California - Berkeley, the National Corporation for Community Service, and an investigation of GLOBE - a worldwide science educational program that unites teachers and students with an international scientific community for the purpose of studying the global environment. As a result of this work, she was invited to present at the Global Summit and recently returned from Scotland where she delivered a paper on problem-based learning.