Abstract 8, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2015

Chasing Theme Number Nine: Five Practical Strategies for Making Global Connections

Aaron P. Johnson

Virginia Tech

Abstract

This article explores practical avenues for making global connections within the social studies classroom. Drawing from my classroom experiences and utilizing the basic principles of global education outlined by Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker (2009) as a conceptual frame, I attempt to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Such an endeavor aims to provide social studies teachers with five practical strategies for making global connections that can be readily employed in their middle and secondary social studies classrooms. These strategies discussed here include structured academic controversy, globalizing physical place, reading visual fine arts, incorporating the natural world, and sampling.

Keywords: global education, global connections, structured academic controversy, globalizing physical place, reading visual fine arts, incorporating the natural world, sampling

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