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December 1999 - Issue No. #37 (p.20)

Global Education Books for the Year 2000

A list by Kip Cates

Educating for Character: How to Teach Respect & Responsibility

by Thomas Lickona (1992)

New York: Bantam Books

This classic on character education has three parts: (1) Educating for Values introduces the field of values education, outlines why it's necessary and discusses what values schools should teach, (2) Classroom Strategies looks at the democratic classroom, teachers as role models, cooperative learning, and conflict resolution skills, and (3) Schoolwide Strategies looks at promoting global awareness, kids as good Samaritans, community volunteering, and how to create a moral culture in school.

Environmental Education in the 21st Century:
Theory, Practice, Progress and Promise

by Joy Palmer (1998)

New York: Routledge

This comprehensive introduction to the field of environmental education describes its history - from nature studies to education for sustainable development. It also specifies its content focus (environmental issues) and introduces current theory, research and classroom practice. The book profiles the state of environmental education in 15 countries and provides a model for teaching focused on environmental knowledge, concern, skills, and action with empirical, ethical and aesthetic elements.

Preparing Teachers to Teach Global Perspectives:
A Handbook for Teacher Educators

Edited by M. Merryfield (1997)

Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

This book provides teacher educators with a practical guide to increasing teachers' international awareness and knowledge of global education. Its ten chapters, each written by an American global education expert, introduce a framework for global education teacher training and deal with topics ranging from cross-cultural experiences in teacher ed programs and student teaching overseas to learner-centred global education and building faculty commitment to global education.

Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong:
Moral Literacy and Character Education

by William Kilpatrick (1992)

New York: Simon and Schuster

This book points to shocking rates of teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and violence (500,000 attacks/shakedowns/robberies a month in US schools) and criticizes teaching approaches that tell youth any value system is OK if it feels right. It argues that the way to encourage moral growth is character education with an emphasis on good example and habits. The book gives suggestions for what parents and schools can do, and lists 100 books for children that transmit moral values.

Educating for a Peaceful Future

by D. Smith & T. Carson (1999)

Toronto: Kagan & Woo

This introduction to the field of peace education traces the growth of interest in peace and peace education over the past century, examines the results of peace research and looks at how school subjects can be taught to promote both peacemaking and peacebuilding. The authors discuss how to crate a peaceful school environment and make linkages with the community and the wider world. A chapter by global educators Graham Pike and David Selby lists 26 peace education activities for the classroom.

Developing the Global Teacher:
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

Edited by Miriam Steiner (1999)

Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Trentham Books

This UK book argues that teachers need to prepare their pupils for their roles as world citizens in the 21st Century. It explains how teacher education programs can help teachers incorporate a global perspective into the curriculum and teach in ways that encourage co-operation, critical thinking and democratic values. Its seventeen chapters feature essays by global education experts on topics ranging from teaching for social justice to introducing global perspectives into language teaching.


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Kip A. Cates, Tottori University, Koyama, Tottori City, JAPAN 680-8551
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