Students Take an Active Role in their Communities’ Global Concerns
New research from global student market research organization MindShift reports that today’s high school students are an eager student and global community, taking an active role in serving the communities they live in.
The Study of Global Social Skills (Study) suggests that high schoolers are more likely to develop connections and support among themselves to support the important global concerns of the world beyond their own community. In the world away from their communities, they take a more active role in organizing and collaborating.
Students from over 100 schools with high student-to-teacher ratios – using surveys conducted by MindShift and released today at the CEDEA Annual Conference – experienced eye-opening interactions with international peers to understand more about the issues and challenges of their communities.
For example, more than half of survey respondents from smaller local communities have traveled to other countries. Smaller schools are more likely to encourage community service outreach and larger schools are also more likely to travel outside of their local communities. Compared to students from large schools, students from small schools are more likely to help each other with school projects and peer tutoring.
More than 2,200 students were surveyed from 96 different communities, with an average high school population of 1,630 students – and an average teacher-to-student ratio of 10.1 to 1.
Across the various international locations, the largest study-based international program cities where students reported the highest levels of international connectivity – including San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Boston, Chicago, Sydney, Madrid, and Washington, D.C. – were noted as young and diverse. Students in these international student destinations – in terms of community service and interest in international philanthropy – reported an average level of international connectivity in their school and home communities – which combined allowed them to connect.
The international education market is set to be worth $344 billion by 2020. Clearly, it’s important for high schoolers to understand how they can take more active part in the global education community and how they can grow their critical thinking and global awareness skills.
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