The Effects of Global Education on Student Achievement

Global Education

Global Education Curriculum Creates Problem Solvers, Critical Thinkers and Democratic Citizens

By: Andrea Brezinski & Kathleen Rieger



By teaching a Global Education Curriculum through an inquiry approach we will create students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and democratic citizens who are knowledgeable about what is going on in the world.

Goals of Global Education

Global education aims to develop global citizens through promotion of open mindedness and a willingness to take action for change, respecting and valuing diversity, and being active in the development of a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

The general capabilities particularly relevant to global education because they focus on ways of thinking, acting, behaving or learning to live with others are:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical behaviour

  • Personal and social competence

  • Intercultural understanding

Six basic concepts of global learning can be proposed in early childhood education

  • Perspective consciousness
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • State-of-the-planet awareness
  • System connectedness
  • Awareness and utilization of technology
  • Options for participation

By practicing the six concepts of global education, children and adults learn to think critically, make decisions in democratic ways, act on decisions regarding social change using humanistic and ecological values, and promote education for sustainability

Creating a Space for Effective Problem Solving with Student Led Discussions

  1. Make a case (something to get them interested and thinking). This will be an open-ended question, that leads students to choose a direction
  2. Give students the opportunity to come up with their own question

  3. Have students pick a specific part of the text that “moved them”

These types of questions allow students to take an active role in the learning process



Global Citizenship in the Classroom

Various Resources to incorporate Global Citizenship in the Classroom

International Education and Resource Network

  • Central question:  "How will this project improve the quality of life on the planet?"

Going Global

  • Uses technology and social issues to engage students and interact with international classrooms
  • Goal: to understand issues around the world and collaborate with others to find solutions to these issues

Learning While Doing

  • Global collaborative projects


Strategies That Help With Teaching Global Competence

  • Language immersion: Incorporating other languages into classroom instruction 
  • You can take any lesson and build on it so that it is applicable the the world
  • Connecting different areas of study 
  • Parent Involvement:Teacher asks parents what they do at the beginning of the year-- if they travel outside of the USA, are from another country, or have experiences in another country-- invite them to come in and talk with students
  • Utilize the strategy of Comparing and Contrasting. Look at an object in the US compared to an object in another country. For example, look at a lunch in the US compared to one in Spain. What is the same? What is different?
  • Inquiry: Simply pulling up pictures and asking students what they notice

Effects on Student Achievement

Critical thinking achieved through learning from an inquiry teaching style


Problem Solvers who think of issues on a global context


Democratic Citizens who are knowlegeable about the world and are able to look at an issue with multiple perspectives


Children’s Books

Selection criteria include:

  • Books that represent the best of children’s literature from other countries 
  • Books that introduce American readers to outstanding authors and illustrators from other countries
  • Books that help American children see the world from other points of view
  • Books that provide a perspective or address a topic otherwise missing from children´s literature in the U.S.
  • Books that exhibit a distinct cultural flavor 
  • Books that are accessible to American readers.

Helpful Resources

  • This website allows the teacher to pick books by grade level according to a world map. The teacher can pick the notable books of the year based by the continent or country.

  • This website allows teachers a plethora of resources on the “Resources Roundup” page. Some of the topics of resource pages are Fostering Global Competence, Global Classroom Strategies, Global Student Leadership and Service, and more!

  • This website provides children's books that bring up issues of social justice across the globe. By posing social justice issues, students will begin to be able to critically think and take different perspectives, as well as, have empathy for citizens of other countries.


  • This website provides a map resource, where you can clickon a country on the map for culturally relevant activities to incorporate into your classroom instruction. Great resource to find books, food, and art from a specific country. Many activities that help children “Go Global”. Tips for teaching global education to young children. 

  • This website gives multiple Benefits and Challenges of Education anywhere on the globe. It is crucial to address the challenges in education inorder to show growth. The website also informs the reader of different focus areas when partnering with other countries while implementing global education.







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