Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 5, Number 3, Winter 2010
Using technology to prepare critically thinking global citizens
Thomas A. Lucey
Illinois State University
University of Memphis
Social studies teachers possess a daunting task in a 21st century environment of economic-mindedness and technological infatuation. In a setting of individualism and instant gratification, enabling a future citizenry to realize the patterns of economic disparity and to accept their responsibilities towards other less fortunate citizens provides a formidable challenge. The authors interpret understandings of citizenship as being closely related to conceptualizations of economics and view methods by which classrooms employ instructional technology as paramount to exploring these associations. This paper conveys how technology represents an instructional resource that may foster exploration and examination of these relationships and describes a student-centered cooperative instructional model for its classroom implementation.
Key Words: Citizenship, Global citizen, Constructivism, Economics, Environment, Instructional technology