Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 01:33:47 +0200
Toward global education: A description, analysis and needs assessment of a suburban northern New Jersey school district
- The purpose of this study is to describe the state of global education existing in a suburban northern New Jersey school district, utilizing global education research as a catalytic tool. Criteria gleaned from relevant global education research served as the foundation for an analysis of the district's current posture toward global education. Resulting data were developed into a needs assessment establishing a framework for future action. The study was also meant to serve as a model for other districts interested in analyzing their past and present involvement in global education components for the purpose of future action. Research established (1) that global education is an area often neglected but strongly in need of inclusion and further development in American education; (2) that studies are needed which assist particular institutions in describing and assessing their roles with regard to global education; and (3) that assessment tools have been developed which can be adapted or serve as a foundation for such purposes. The following research methodologies and tools, evolving from current research, were utilized for this study with a variety of subjects and procedures in order to gather appropriate data relevant to the district's posture toward global education: (1) A Document Analysis of formal and informal curricula, programs, philosophies, policies, goals and objectives; (2) A Survey sampling teachers, administrators, and parents; (3) A Structured Interview sampling teachers and administrators. Data from such assessments revealed that global education elements are present in district curricula and programs, but have not yet been afforded a prominent position. Although interest in global education thrusts has increased in recent years, a minimal number of districts, including the District under study, have responded meaningfully to an increasingly interdependent and diversified world, by establishing appropriate formalized programs which address the domains and elements as recommended by current global education research. This study recommends that the district use the analysis of the data generated by the three assessments (1) to heighten awareness and offer perspective on district commitment to global education, and (2) as a foundation to future action as outlined in a multi-phased development plan.