Introduction: The State of Global Education: Learning with the World and Its People
Multiple frameworks for incorporating global education into teacher preparation have been promoted in the last 40 years. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Guidelines for International Teacher Education emphasizes the importance of administrative leadership, global curriculum development, faculty development, building student awareness of the importance of cross-cultural experiences, and the accessibility of appropriate resources. The National Council for the Social Studies' National Curriculum Standards specifies that American social studies programs should emphasize cultural diversity and global interdependence. While educational organizations have been firm in their support for global education, there are many potential barriers to the integration of global perspectives into American elementary social studies classes. Merryfield M. M found that when global education is skillfully integrated into teacher education programs the teachers who graduate from those programs are likely to globalize their own teaching through the addition of multiple perspectives, a comparative instructional approach, and interdisciplinary studies.