INSPIRE CURIOSITY IN LEARNING - GLOBAL COMPETENCY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
School District of Janesville (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:Closing the gap between the knowledge and skills students learn in high school and the knowledge and skills needed in 21st century communities and workplaces is an urgent call to educators.
Janesville Academy for International Studies students demonstrate critical inquiry and problem solving skills using an information seeking process that is unique for young researchers. Students experience world cultures, investigate global issues and participate in relevant, real world learning opportunities for three hours of their regular high school day.
Recent data collection reflects that the project-based, interdisciplinary model, anchored by the information seeking process:
-Equips students to interact in a culturally and linguistically diverse environment.
-Plants problem solving, critical thinking, technology, global awareness, and responsible citizenship.
-Enriches academic performance through partnerships with community, government, business, colleges and surrounding schools.
-Nurtures global perspectives problem-based learning associated with international business, world language, or international studies.
All students are equally able to access this course of study. Excellent results have been evidenced by English as Second Language learners as well as students who are considered to be at risk.
This is an example of how to make small changes in the delivery of content to highly impact student engagement and learning. See how the process inspires curiosity, lifelong learning and the initiative to be responsible, informed global citizens.
Keywords: Interdisciplinary, project-based, global.