Your Name and Title: Marina Bonser, PhD.
School or Organization Name: Global Thinking World
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: USA, CA
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): High School and Higher Education Management, Teachers, and Students
Short Session Description (one line):
Global Thinking Measurement and Development.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Global Awareness and Global Competency will help our future leaders to understand their responsibility for the effects of their policies and solutions concerning the future of our whole planet. However, it is not the
most effective way to increase their abilities of building sustainable strategies, policies, and finding solutions for Global Problems. The development of multiple thinking abilities helps to reach this goal. My Global Thinking workshops are focused on the development of different types of students’ thinking habits into a system via training them on tasks for solving global problems.  

In this session you will learn about my scale for the measurement of students’ Global Thinking levels. Besides measuring Global Thinking before and after workshops, teachers can use this scale also after
each completed task in order to decide which task should be next.  Global Thinking includes System Thinking approaches which are getting popular for making sustainable solutions for different systems in the world. On the global level, we have to deal with patterns of systems and their impacts on the whole planet. Global Thinking is basically a World Systems Thinking. This concept opens up a “spectrum” of opportunities not to be missed in 21st Century Global Education all over the world.

My doctoral thesis on Global Thinking Development  was defended in 2004 in Russia at the St.Petersburg State Academy of Advanced Teacher Education. I taught a series of workshops for Global
Thinking Development as well as for the development of different aspects of Global Awareness and
Competency for high school students and teachers at the educational institutions in St.Petersburg. Working as a Vice Principal at the School for Global Education I also led Global Thinking competitions. Now I continue my activities in Sustainability Education in California. 

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Thanks everyone who attended my presentation.  It was my first experience presenting online, thank you Steve and Amie for helping me out. Thank you, Michael, Marie and others for your questions. If something is still not clear to anyone in Global Thinking concept, or if you need more detailes on Global Thinking measurement and development please contact me! I would be happy to answer your questions.


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