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2002 States Institute on International Education in the School Meeting Report - This report summarizes the proceedings of the three-day conference of the first States Institute on International Education in the Schools. Speakers and participants identified the importance of international education in the United States' best interest and the barriers to incorporating the field into the American K-12 curriculum. They likewise noted state initiatives in planning or underway, as well as the five key policy steps that, if taken, would reverse the contemporary marginalization of the subject in the curriculum. (Asia Society, November 2002)...

Recent Trends in Global/International Education - This ERIC Digest offers perspective on the status of international education efforts in the mid-1990s. It provides information on programs to support international curricula in the schools, teacher education efforts, state-level programs, technology to support international communication among schools, and references and resources. (Paul Haakenson, ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 1994)...

Foreign Language Assistance Act of 2001 - Within the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, this program provides three-year grants to state or local education agencies to fund 50% per fiscal year the cost of establishing or expanding foreign-language programs in elementary and secondary schools. Programs must meet specified criteria, and special consideration will be given to applications that fund programs with certain components such as intensive summer foreign language professional-development institutes. The act also provides grants to public elementary schools through the Foreign Language Incentive Program, in which schools receiving funds must provide at least 45 minutes of foreign-language instruction at least four days a week throughout the school year. (U.S. Department of Education, 2001)...

National Geographic – Roper 2002 Global Geographic Literacy Survey - The survey assessed the geographic knowledge exhibited by 18- to 24-year-olds in nine countries, as well as 25- to 34-year-olds in the United States. The survey found that, in comparison to young adults in some European countries, who on average answered about 70% of the questions correctly, American young adults provided correct answers for less than half the questions. Americans who had completed a geography course, however, averaged more correct answers than participants who had not. (RoperASW, November 2002)...

Educational Leadership October 2002 - This issue contains articles on international education such as including instruction on world cultures in the math curriculum, the difference between multiculturalism and a world-centered history curriculum, and assessing the "global illiteracy" of our schools. Instructors may find "Voices from the Field: Using Peace Corps Literature", with its list of award-winning Peace Corps authors, of particular interest....

National Center for Education Statistics: Geography - In 2001, the National Assessment of Educational Progress tested a sampling of 4th, 8th and 12th graders in geography; about 25,000 students were assessed representing roughly 1,100 public and private schools nationwide. Last given in 1994, the assessment also polled students about learning factors such as whether they used computers to learn geography and how frequently they studied countries and cultures in school. Students' teachers also were surveyed on whether they had a major or minor in geography or other topics in their university coursework, how well-prepared they felt to teach geography at their present grade level and how frequently specific topics were discussed in their geography class. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2002)...

Global Literacy: Challenges, Culture and Connections - This online publication includes a summary of recommendations for what American K-12 students should study in the area of international education. The material is targeted toward elementary and secondary school educators responsible for curriculum development or revision at both the local and state level. Also included is a suggested international studies education curriculum unit, which seeks to develop practical teaching strategies in the classroom (H. Thomas Collins, Frederick R. Czarra and Andrew F. Smith, The American Forum for Global Education, 1998)...

Public Experience, Attitudes and Knowledge: A Report on Two National Surveys About International Education - This report details the findings of two surveys related to international education. The first examines the public’s international experience, knowledge and attitudes about international education. The second surveys the plans of high school seniors to participate in international activities once they enter college. The report reveals a growing public recognition that international knowledge and experience are increasingly important to daily life and global economic success. (Fred M. Hayward and Laura M. Siaya, American Council on Education, 2001)...

Strengthening the U.S. Government’s Leadership in Promoting International Education: A Discussion Paper - This paper was written to stimulate discussion about how the federal government and other organizations in the international education field can best raise awareness on the importance of international education, encourage increased investments in international education, and identify and disseminate best international education practices. (U.S. Department of Education, 2000)...

One Year Later: Attitudes About International Education Since September 11 - The present report, drawing on surveys conducted in March 2002, is a follow-up to a 2000 report on Americans' attitudes toward international education at the postsecondary level. The researchers, seeking to gauge whether public attitudes toward international education were changed by the events of September 11, 2001, found either unchanged attitudes or increased support among the majority of respondents for various components of international education, including foreign language as a high school or college course requirement, an international course requirement in college and study abroad programs. (Laura Siaya, Maura Porcelli and Madeleine Green, American Council on Education, September 2002)...

Asia in the Schools: Preparing Young Americans for Today's Interconnected World - American students lack even a basic knowledge of Asia, despite the continent's significance in U.S. history and in current and future economic and security matters, according to this report by the National Commission on Asia in the Schools. The lack of coverage of Asia in the curriculum "leaves students unprepared to meet the demands of increasing globalization." This report analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of current teaching and learning about Asia, and makes recommendations for improvement. (National Commission on Asia in the Schools, 2001)...


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