The Global School in the Local Classroom: ICT for Cross-Cultural Communication

The Global School in the Local Classroom: ICT for Cross-Cultural Communication

Jenna Copper (Slippery Rock Area High School, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6162-2.ch018
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Abstract

This chapter was written to highlight the value for cross-cultural communication practices in schools with the support of innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT). A detailed theoretical foundation was provided to justify the inclusion of global perspectives in the classroom through cross-cultural communication, which is made possible with ICT. This chapter details the perceptions of 80 pre-K to 12 teachers via a survey study, which shaped the author's suggestions for practical ICT cross-cultural communication opportunities in the classroom. Implementation strategies include classroom-to-classroom and classroom-to-world cross-cultural communication opportunities. This chapter suggests practical solutions supported by solid theoretical justifications for utilizing ICT to facilitate cross-cultural communication and improving student global awareness.
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Background

Global education is just one buzz word in the educational world that refers to an overarching concept called global awareness; other such names include multicultural education, multiethnic education, culturally relevant education, peach education, citizenship education, and international education (Kist, 2013; Cushner & Mahon, 2009; Osler & Vincent, 2002). Following the guide of Kist (2013), the definition of global education in accordance with the National Council of the Social Studies was used for this study:

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