Here we are building a repository of tools, techniques, and approaches that help students (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) begin to tease apart the complexities of global phenomena. Tools that perhaps are also useful in the evolution, or creation, of curricula around global studies.
Do you have particular pedagogical resources that have worked in your classes? Have you experimented with methods for teaching about global issues and found an approach that helps your students connect to the material in a deep way? We’d love to hear from you.
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By providing mirrors of reflection, visual approaches trace and intimately symbolize the complex linkages between students, cultures, and entities of inquiry. They challenge categories that students have simply accepted or deepen understanding of definitions that students have merely memorized.
*Dr. Hilary Kahn in Practicing Anthropology.
Visual thinking and acting allows us to break down the necessary boundaries–whether academic, cross-cultural, or pedagogical—that lead to global understanding. Whether in classrooms or in the field, visual methods challenge viewers’, readers’, students’, and researchers’ positions of authority. With visuals, learners of all types no longer acquire knowledge from a singular distance but rather become embedded in the production of the image or subject matter under consideration. In so doing, dichotomies between subjects and objects dissolve, connections are created, and students begin to see reflections of themselves in others and in the knowledge they encounter.
*Dr. Hilary Kahn for NAFSA 2010