Date of Award

12-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education Specialist

Department

Education, Leadership and Public Service

Program

Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor/Chairperson

Derek Anderson

Abstract

Our global society has become increasingly interconnected. It is therefore necessary, no matter who you are or where you live, to be globally-minded and understand that now more than ever the consequences of our actions will have global implications. Although studies have been done to measure the global-mindedness of university students, and more specifically pre-service teachers, research was needed to compare the global-mindedness between freshmen and senior pre-service teachers. This quantitative study measured the global-mindedness of freshmen and senior university students at Northern Michigan University using the global-mindedness survey (GMS) designed by Hett (1993). The results showed no statistically significant difference in the mean scores on the global-mindedness survey between freshmen and senior students or freshmen and senior pre-service teachers. The results did show, however, a statistically significant difference in the mean score on one of the five latent variables of globalcentrism between freshmen and senior pre-service teachers. Globalcentrism is defined by Hett (1993) as a tradition of thinking and behaving globally rather than locally and a sense of full global consideration when making decisions. Globalcentrism is just one part of Hett’s (1993) definition of global-mindedness which includes the other four latent variables. The results from this research suggest that college may have an effect on the development of globalcentrism within an individual.

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Open Access

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