I want to suggest some corrections in terminology of Global Education and Global Thinking to avoid possible missunderstandings.
As Global Education for many people means just international education with any content, I suggest that we rename an education for developing Global Awareness and Global Citizenship for Global Sustainability Education, so people won't get confused mixing up those terms.
Also, my term for Global Thinking is not just undestanding that everything is connected in the world. It means Global Systems Thinking because it focuses on impacts of patterns of systems to the whole planet. It it is a functional knowledge which helps to solve Global Problems.www.GlobalThinkingWorld.net
Can anyone recommend me an appropriate international authority for those suggestions? Thank you.
Agree this is tricky, and I don't like the UN's official position on this. Still, the Maastricht Declaration of 2002 is a good place to start. http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/ge/GE-Guidelines/GEgs-app1.pdf
Thank you, Tim! Would you mind to give a brief description of the UN's official position on this matter, and put the link where everyone can see that? I think many educators would appreciate it.
I'm delighted to see the thought that is going into the Global Education Collaborative and Conference!
These titles you suggested, Marina, are clarifying and would make great categories within the larger picture. In leaving the main title quite general, it allows us to address a wonderful variety of ideas as categories and sub-categories . We can continue to focus on specific categories and sub-categories, such as "Global Awareness," "Gobal Citizenship," and "Global Sustainability" as needed or desired. Could "Global Systems Thinking" also be a large category?
As for as an authority on the subject of global education, I see the Global Education Collaborative as beginning to take on the role as the "go-to" authority on global ed and will utilize such sites as the one Tim Kubik suggests.
Thank you, Daisy! I am glad you understand me. Global Education and Sustainable Development are rapidly growing fields, that's why we need to specify terminology and make it up to date. Clarifying terminology makes sense only if educational communities would agree to use the same terms, that's why we need an authority for educational leadership at the international level.
These are connections between suggested terms:
"Global Education" includes any kind of international education with connections across the planet;
"Global Sustainability Education" is a sub category of "Global Education", and focuses on Global Citizenship, Global Awareness, Global Competency, Global Thinking. (Relations between some of those categories can be found on my website www.GlobalThinkingWorld.net )
"GlobalThinking" will include "Global Systems Thinking" as a functional aspect for solving global problems, and "Global Ethics" or "Global Sustainability Philosophy" as a motivational aspect.
Global Education Collaborative is a wonderful website, it is definitely a great way for the educators all over the world to get know about my suggestions and express their opinions on them. Only I am not sure who is actually can take responsibility for creating educational policies at the international level most of the people around the world would agree on. I am still not sure who I should contact on this matter. If anyone has an idea, please let me know.