Teacher Education Goes Global
Thomas Misco Module
Course Name: AYA Social Studies
Module Title: Comparative Democracies
Module Description: In six different groups, students will explore the ways in which other democracies are organized, including limits of enfranchisement, constitutional features and structures, and cultural/historical antecedents. In an expert/novice segue, students will then help each newly formed group understand what democracy is like in a particular country and why it is that way. Finally, ask novice groups to, based on an inductive heuristic arrived at in class, students will explore the degree to which each unique iteration of democracy is "democratic" and "just." Finally, students will vote upon the best formulation, given the data of six cases.
Global Learning Outcomes Addressed: Knowledge: Understands his/her culture in global and comparative context (recognizes that his/her culture is one of many diverse cultures & that alternative perceptions & behaviors may be based in cultural differences)||Knowledge: Demonstrates knowledge of other cultures (beliefs, values, perspectives, practices, and products).||Skill: Adapts his/her behavior to interact effectively with those who are different.||Skill: Uses knowledge, diverse culture frames of reference, and alternative perspectives to think critically and solve problems||Skill: Interprets issues & situations from more than one culture.||Attitude: Is willing to learn from others who are culturally different from him/her.
Time Required: (2) 50 minute class periods, as well as prefatory work outside of class.
Resources: http://ciaworldfactbook.us/
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This is a great way to incorporate a global perspective in a government. I am interested to know if students were able to evaluate other forms of democracies while suspending an American bias. It would also be informative to read about/talk with students in the countries they investigated to compare how they perceive their forms of government.