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Global Education is a reliable and informative website that provides teaching resources across the entire curriculum based on a global perspective. This is an optimum resource encouraging students to develop a deep understanding of the world and use this knowledge to enable them to participate in shaping a better, shared future for the world. Within this website is a resource gallery providing meaningful and rich resources such as 'Who are the families of the world?' This resource is appropriately suited to stage one, focusing on human rights and provides students with the opportunity to examine and appreciate the diverse roles in families across the world and how they have developed and changed overtime.
Marsh (2008) highlights that resources, which explore a global perspective "enable students to travel vicariously to other times and places. They add important dimensions to student learning and, in the process, provide further opportunities for students to develop listening, speaking, writing and reading skills” (p.34).
The further opportunities that Marsh (2008) refers to are evident through a variety of possible lesson plans that can be implemented around this teaching resource. For example, the students can examine the varying roles carried out by family members around the world by comparing some of the texts and images provided on the website. Students can be encouraged to choose one text or image and create a van diagram making explicit the similarities and differences between the jobs that their family completes in comparison to the jobs undertaken by the family in their chosen resource. This activity would be engaging for all students as they shift from an egocentric thinking to a global understanding of roles in families around the world.
In addition, another opportunity to incorporate this teaching resource into a stage one classroom could be achieved by the educator selecting a variety of texts from this website that represent numerous cultures and integrate them with reading time/groups. For example, each reading group could focus on a different country, explore their trends, gain an understanding of their unique family structures and how this impacts upon their roles and responsibilities in their homes. This knowledge can be shared with the rest of the class.
Moreover, Forsyth (2006) points out that teaching resources similar to Global Education help students in "making choices and questioning the way the world operates and so is an integral part of citizenship and social education." Ultimately this enables humanity to make choices in their many roles including as students and global citizens.
Forsyth, A.P. (2006). Constructing social education curriculum for the twenty-first century: The role and importance of economics education, AARE, Parramatta NSW.
Marsh, (2008). Studies of society and environment : exploring teaching possibilities. French Forest, N.S.W. : Pearson Education Australia. 5th edition. Chapter 2 : Planning for learning. Retrieved on March 20, 2013 from Sydney University Library website