Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, Vol 2, No 1 (2008)

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Worldmindedness: Taking Off the Blinders

Merry M. Merryfield, Joe Tin-Yau Lo, Sum Cho Po, Masataka Kasai

Abstract


A dynamic web of global interconnectedness has expanded the engagement and political efficacy of citizens in the 21st century. The acceleration of knowledge creation, the dynamics of electronic communication and the resulting availability of global perspectives are changing the nature of public discourse and action. As more and more people gain access to information and interact with individuals and communities across the planet, they acquire new worldminded ways of learning, debating, and creating which in turn expand the scope of civic consciousness and responsibilities beyond national borders. In this article we look at ways in which teachers in Hong Kong, Japan and the United States are preparing young people to become worldminded citizens.

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