Determining Teacher Candidates’ Attitudes Toward Global-Mindedness

Jul. 01, 2014

Source: Action in Teacher Education, Volume 36, Issue 4, 2014, pages 305-321

This study examines the global-mindedness of introductory-level teacher education candidates at a research university in the southeastern United States.

The Global-mindedness Scale was used to survey 337 participants at the beginning of their first course related to education.

Findings indicate that participants were moderately globally minded; however, participants took a neutral stance on more than one third of survey items suggesting a high-level of lack of awareness or indifference.
The participants were particularly indifferent on items related to interconnectedness and globalcentrism.
Additionally, the authors found participant responses varied according to some demographic characteristics such as planned teaching area, experience in and with individuals from other countries or cultures, and plans to study abroad.

Updated: Jan. 25, 2016