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Teaching Global Citizens: Following the News
Unformatted Document Text:  Jennifer Rutledge and Serena Laws “Educating Global Citizens” **DRAFT ** We saw very different kinds of answers from the professors we talked with, and we saw differences between the instructors of 1001 and 1025. In general, the 1025 professors seemed more oriented toward educating the global citizen in the ways we pointed to above. But 1025 instructors were split on their view of current events. Some thought it was an important aspect of the course that helped students see the relevance of the course concepts in their lives. Others thought of the course as more of an introduction to the International Relations subfield, and put a premium on teaching IR concepts over current events. None of the 1025 instructors incorporated the events of the day in a more systematic way. The 1001 professors were also split those who saw the course more as an introduction to political science, and others who thought it should be an introduction to politics. In general the 1001 professors we interviewed were less thoughtful about how they taught the course and what text they used (three of the five just used the text they had seen used as a teaching assistant). Most 1001 professors claimed to use current events to illustrate the concepts they were talking about, but only one brought up current events in a systematic way meant to alert students to important issues they felt students should know about. Rather, current events were brought up ad hoc to contextualize political science concepts. Based on our concerns with global citizenship, our interviews indicate that 1025 is doing a marginally better job than 1001 at educating global citizens. However, neither group of professors systematically integrates current events into their classes in the ways we think would be helpful. Although there seemed to be more openness to these ideas from some of the 1025 instructors, neither group adequately promotes global citizenship. III. Political Knowledge and Interest Level among Introductory Political Science Students Another way we attempted to address our research questions was through a survey of 16

Authors: Rutledge, Jennifer. and Laws, Serena.
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Jennifer Rutledge and Serena Laws
“Educating Global Citizens” **DRAFT **
We saw very different kinds of answers from the professors we talked with, and we saw
differences between the instructors of 1001 and 1025. In general, the 1025 professors seemed
more oriented toward educating the global citizen in the ways we pointed to above. But 1025
instructors were split on their view of current events. Some thought it was an important aspect of
the course that helped students see the relevance of the course concepts in their lives. Others
thought of the course as more of an introduction to the International Relations subfield, and put a
premium on teaching IR concepts over current events. None of the 1025 instructors incorporated
the events of the day in a more systematic way.
The 1001 professors were also split those who saw the course more as an introduction to
political science, and others who thought it should be an introduction to politics. In general the
1001 professors we interviewed were less thoughtful about how they taught the course and what
text they used (three of the five just used the text they had seen used as a teaching assistant).
Most 1001 professors claimed to use current events to illustrate the concepts they were talking
about, but only one brought up current events in a systematic way meant to alert students to
important issues they felt students should know about. Rather, current events were brought up ad
hoc to contextualize political science concepts.
Based on our concerns with global citizenship, our interviews indicate that 1025 is doing
a marginally better job than 1001 at educating global citizens. However, neither group of
professors systematically integrates current events into their classes in the ways we think would
be helpful. Although there seemed to be more openness to these ideas from some of the 1025
instructors, neither group adequately promotes global citizenship.
III. Political Knowledge and Interest Level among Introductory Political Science Students
Another way we attempted to address our research questions was through a survey of
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