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An Investigation of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers' Beliefs about Global Education: Evidence from Personal Narratives of Learning and Teaching

Haselkorn, Jessica (2014) An Investigation of Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers' Beliefs about Global Education: Evidence from Personal Narratives of Learning and Teaching. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation study explored the beliefs of three pre-service teachers about teaching global issues as well as the factors that influenced those beliefs and ultimately what and how they decided to teach. The literature reviewed implies that the goal of global education should be that students learn to view themselves as global citizens, meaning that they should understand their role and take responsibility and action with regards to the global issues they learn about. Data sources used to explore the teachers’ beliefs included a series of three semi-structured interviews, instructional planning artifacts, and participant reflection journals. The conceptual framework proposed that beliefs guide instruction, which proved to be evident in the instructional planning artifacts in each of the cases studied. The findings demonstrated that the participants’ beliefs were heavily influenced by prior experiences, their mentor, and the teacher education program. These influences resulted in the participants taking on different stances about the role of global education. The pre-service teachers in this study do not exhibit beliefs aligned with an active citizenship stance towards global education and, instead, the participants are oriented towards global awareness and global perspective-taking. The findings suggest a need for the development and use of a framework for teaching global issues that is aligned to an active citizenship approach towards global education.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDonato, Rickdonato@pitt.eduDONATO
Committee MemberLazar, Merylmklazar@pitt.eduMKLAZAR
Committee MemberGodley, Amandaagodley@pitt.eduAGODLEY
Committee MemberOldakowski,
Committee MemberKucan, Lindalkucan@pitt.eduLKUCAN
Date: 30 September 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 June 2014
Approval Date: 30 September 2014
Submission Date: 18 August 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 135
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: social studies education teacher education global education
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 15:10
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:23


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