Education for global understanding

Led by Christina Hinton

With a globally interconnected economy, unprecedented levels of migration, and a continuous stream of information circulating the planet, students are growing up in a globalized world. In this era of globalization, many educators are calling for education that nurtures a global worldview and teaches cosmopolitan skills, such as the capacity to think critically about international issues, knowledge of other cultures, conflict resolution skills, and a humanitarian orientation. However, much more research is needed on how cosmopolitan skills develop. Since these skills are not yet taught together on a large-scale, it is useful to find individual schools that teach global skills, and use them as case studies that can inform large-scale efforts. Following this methodological approach, we have carried out a case study of how students construct global understanding at the Ross School, an independent school in New York.