Achieving as an Urban School with a Global Vision: One School’s Journey to Become Internationally Minded

By C. Bobbi Hansen.

Published by The Learner Collection

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As the world is becoming more interconnected, schools are embracing curriculum changes that are more globally oriented and intended to prepare students for success in the 21st Century. This case study charts the visionary journey taken by the administrator and staff at one urban elementary school to prepare students to be world-minded citizens. Specific issues that are addressed are: the rationale for inserting international/global education into the curriculum of schools, what teachers need to motivate them to promote internationalization within an already impacted instructional day, and unanticipated outcomes that were evident with regard to students, teachers and the school, itself.

Keywords: International Education, International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), School Reform

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.99-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 805.938KB).

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, M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ed.D. degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Hansen teaches courses at both the preservice and graduate level in Curriculum and Methods and Advanced Instructional Theories. Currently, she is serving as the pedagogical expert in three federal grants. In 1999 Dr. Hansen was among an international team of educators invited to assist in the development of a new system of schools in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Other research projects have included grants from the University of California, Berkeley and 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, Dr. Hansen was invited to present at the Global Summit and recently returned from Scotland where she delivered a paper on Problem-based Learning.

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