The Importance Of Global Education

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As the economic, political, and social interconnectedness of the world continues to increase, the push for students to receive a global education becomes more prevalent among universities. Clarke (2004) states that with the world growing smaller, the necessity for an intercultural education is more prevalent. However, much of the college student population today appears to be indifferent or ignorant towards international affairs. Universities have the ability to meet this demand by preparing students to be responsible global citizens. Thus, to gain a competitive advantage in the new global market, many students are choosing to participate in study abroad programs to broaden their culture experiences and knowledge. The Institute of International …show more content…
The study determined that semester-long programs increase global awareness more than short-term programs. Lumkes, Hallett, and Vallade (2012) found that studying abroad drastically changed the students’ outlook on global issues and increases self-awareness of other cultures. Chieffo and Griffiths (2004) concluded that students who studied abroad were more aware of cultural differences and enjoyed learning about new cultures. This resulted in a higher global awareness score as compared to the students who remained at home. In another study, 90.3% of participants reported that studying abroad deepened their interest in world affairs (Hadis, 2005). This study also found that this increase in global awareness could be contributed to the study abroad …show more content…
Although there is disagreement among professionals as to what type of program design is more effective, the benefits of participation are evident. However, limited research on the effect of any type of study abroad participation on global awareness among college students in private secondary institutions has been conducted. This research study will fulfill that gap in and will contribute to the growing amount of literature on international

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