Global competence is not a subject often talked about in gifted circles, but it is widely discussed in the greater education community. Gifted and talented students need to be front and center in understanding the significance of becoming leaders on the global stage.
How exactly do we define global competence? It is the having the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. Global competence is the acknowledgment that the world is qualitatively different from the industrial age and our educational systems must change in response to new challenges.
Many problems in our world today would benefit from having globally competent students. Climate instability is driving migration and immigration necessitating the need for global environmental stewardship. The digital revolution is triggering new concerns about cyber-security which require a new kind of graduate. How global markets operate, transnational production and social interactions demand a new approach to education.
What characteristics of gifted students make them well-suited for success in a global age? They are often deep thinkers who can understand & solve emerging global problems. Many gifted students are empathic to diverse perspectives and act toward the common good. They often have the ability to thoughtfully and respectfully articulate their position.
There are obstacles to changing the focus of instruction in today’s schools. Policymakers are rarely prepared to seriously and effectively think about education for a truly global era. There is a deep distrust of education in many places that attempts to transcend borders. Few people seem prepared to take into consideration cultures, values or priorities of nations different from their own.
What does quality instruction for global competence look like? First, it identifies engaging topics of local and global significance. Quality instruction must use global competence-centered assessments and focus on outcomes.
In the future, globally competent students will be able to use big ideas, tools, methods and languages in any discipline to solve pressing issues. They can recognize multiple perspectives, communicate effectively & take action to improve conditions. A transcript of this week’s chat can be found at our Storify page.
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About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
An Attainable Global Perspective (pdf 1976)
Five Minds for the Future (Amazon)
Veronica Boix Mansilla – Global Competence (YouTube 12:11)
Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.
This week’s chat began by defining exactly what leadership is and then the chat turned to teaching leadership skills in school for gifted students. Opportunities outside of school were also discussed. A full transcript available.
Leadership by one definition is the exceptional capability or potential to influence and empower people. It can be demonstrated by an advanced level on performance assessments at the ninety-fifth percentile and above on standardized leadership tests. Some of the characteristics of leadership include curiosity, flexibility, persistence and hope.
It has been found that it is important to teach leadership skills. These skills can assist in self-esteem, decision making and developing critical thinking. They help prepare students for careers where responsible and positive leadership is essential.
Ways in which educators can incorporate leadership training into their curriculum include using science classes to present opportunities for critical thinking, analysis and creative problem solving. Teachers can also include biographies of great leaders in their LA curriculum to read and discuss. Students can learn leadership skills in humanity classes by preparing well-researched ideas in speeches and written reports. Summer classes can be a time to explore interests and allow students to engage in areas not available during school sessions.
Where can students find opportunities to develop leadership skills outside the classroom? Extracurricular activities provide avenues for developing skills necessary to lead within group and team activities. Finding mentors who are community leaders can help promote leadership skills and allow them to develop naturally. Volunteering exposes students to opportunities to practice and model leadership skills while helping those in need.
“Creating Opportunities to Develop Leadership Ability” from @DukeTIP
“Leadership Development Program Fulfills Gifted Students’ Needs” from @TxGifted (pdf) #TAGT
Cybraryman’s Debate Page
Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page
Cybraryman’s Leadership Page
“Making Great Kids Greater: Easing the Burden of Being Gifted” Sisk (Amazon)