The importance of scientific literacy to well-informed 21stcentury citizenry is paramount. Teachers who bring a global perspective to the study of science help their students understand that the field is rooted in research and discovery that dates back to ancient Greece, China, and the Islamic world.
Internationally-minded science educators also help their students see that addressing many of today’s global challenges requires international scientific cooperation. This approach creates opportunities for project based learning and collaboration between science and other disciplines. A Global Learning Scholar (GLS) at the University of Akron collaborated with a Social Studies GLS to create a unit on climate change for her GLS project.
The process of introducing global perspectives in science often happens in methods courses. C. Bobbi Hansen teaches a course in the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences titled “Elementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms.” Students examine global science issues while remaining true to the California Department of Education’s standards and engaging in a practicum experience.
Miami University of Ohio offers a Global Field Program for Master’s students studying science education. Participants can complete field experiences abroad in one of 12 different countries and allows participants to choose from a variety of experiences in the various locations - from zoology in Namibia to ecology in Baja, Mexico.