International Connections

What I learned from the Human Rights website was that “the Universal Declaration of Human Rights served as the inspiration for the European Convention on Human Rights, one of the most significant agreements in the European Community” (Human Rights). “The Convention was adopted in 1953 by the Council of Europe, an intergovernmental organization established in 1949 and composed of forty-seven European Community Member States. This body was formed to strengthen human rights and promote democracy and the rule of law” (Human Rights). This website was very informative on the whole history of human rights from the beginning when the idea first started to spread to the form of the United Nations in 1945. I also learned about the definition of human rights and that they are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Lastly I learned about what United for Human Rights is, “an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at local, regional, national and international levels” (Human Rights). Next website that I looked at was Going Global-Tips And Tricks For Global Collaborations. Through this website I learned all of the different ways that teachers can set up their classrooms to be more global. There’s Skype classrooms which “gives you access to message boards that allow you to look for someone to collaborate with or post looking to collaborate with someone else” (Going Global). There is also quad blogging which “the idea here is you and your students blog and comment with other students in another country. One week your class does the writing and the other classes comment and the next week it switches” (Going Global). Lastly there was the teacher’s guide to international collaboration on the internet.From the U.S. Dept. of Education, this handy resource is full of ideas and projects for collaborating internationally. “Everything from email exchanges to video chatting to global challenges can be found here” (Going Global). The next website that I looked at was ePals. “ePals enriches K-12 learning in the classroom and at home with innovative web-based tools and the highest standard of children’s stories, games and digital media on the web” (ePals). ePals was such an interesting website to learn about and explore. It was amazing how many classrooms around the globe you could find and connect with. “Teachers use the free ePals Global Classroom to create real world, culturally- enriching learning experiences for their students. With ePals classroom matching, a high school class studying Chinese can connect with a class studying English in China, or the classes can work on a special project together” (ePals). The last website that I looked at was GlobalScholar, “the intention of the Global Scholar online courses, developed by The Center for Global Education, is to introduce students to the opportunities and challenges inherent in participating in study abroad programs” (Global Scholar). This website is such a great tool for anyone who is looking for more information about what it is like to study abroad. The site has pages on tips before you leave to study abroad, while you’re abroad, and once you return. 

Citations:

-“About GlobalScholar.” GlobalScholar. N.p.. Web. 2 Mar 2014.

-“About ePals.” ePals. N.p.. Web. 2 Mar 2014.

-“Definition of Human Rights.” Human Rights. N.p.. Web. 2 Mar 2014.

-“Going Global- Tips And Tricks.” Digital Learning Enviroments. N.p.. Web. 2 Mar 2014.

 

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Social Barometers

The first barometer that I learned about was the Afrobarometer. “The Afrobarometer is a comparative series of public attitude surveys, covering up to 35 African countries” (Afrobarometer). “It measures public attitudes on democracy and its alternatives, evaluations of the quality of governance and economic performance”(Afrobarometer). The Afrobarometer website was very informative with information. Each barometer survey conducted was separated by cities in Africa. Looking through what surveys were taken you can see what is going on in certain areas throughout Africa and what are important issue for them. The website also provided information on survey methods and samples of questionnaires. The second barometer that I learned about was the Latin American Barometer. “The Latinobarometer is a public opinion survey that applies annually around 20,000 interviews in 18 countries in Latin America representing more than 600 million people”(Latinobarometer). “Latinobarometer investigates the development of democracy, economy and society as a whole, using indicators that measure public attitudes, values and behaviors” (Latinobarometer). The Latinobarometer site was not as informative as the previous Afrobarometer site. Seemingly only one barometer survey was done a year throughout Latin America. This site didn’t provide as much information on the topics of the barometer surveys conducted, and the site was a bit confusing to navigate. Without more information available to the topics of the surveys conducted I wasn’t able to learn about issues that could be going on through Latin America. The next barometer that I learned about was the Asianbarometer. “The Asian barometer is an applied research program on public opinion on political views, democracy, and governance around the region”(Asianbarometer). “The regional network encompasses research teams from 13 East Asian political systems, and 5 South Asian Countries” (Asianbarometers). The Asianbarometers website was very informative. Each topic of the survey conducted had a thorough explanation which helped me better understand the reasoning behind the survey. The topics of each barometer survey help me understand the issues that are important throughout Asia and helped me better understand their culture. The next barometer that I learned about was The Australian Workplace Barometer. “The Australian Workplace Barometer project aims to provide science driven evidence of Australian work conditions and their relationships to workplace health and productivity, through a national monitoring and surveillance system”(Australian Workplace Barometer). The Australian Workplace barometer was different compared to the previous barometers because it focuses on just the work force in Australia. This website was very informative and provided information on statistics, different types of research conducted, etc. Through this website I was able to learn more about the Australian workforce and how it compares to the United States. The next barometer that I learned about was the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. “The Center for Intercultural Dialogue facilitates intercultural dialogues through helping scholars learn about the work of international peers, locate researchers with similar interests in other countries, or collaborate for research projects” (Center for Intercultural Dialogue). This barometer was different than previous barometers, instead of focusing on one country this barometer had an international purpose. This site was a site I would definitely use in the future.  It provides information on study abroad opportunities, grants, internships, etc. All ways for scholars to be able to make international connections. The next barometer that I learned about was The Anna Lindh Report. The Anna Lindh Report is “based on the very first Gallup public opinion poll on intercultural trends and values in Europe and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region” (Anna Lindh Report).Through this report I learned about cross-cultural relations in the Mediterranean region. It provided me with information on “similarities and differences in value systems, media treatment of cultural diversity, the role of culture in Mediterranean relations, and intercultural citizenship” (Anna Lindh Report).  The next barometer I learned about was the Eurobarometer on Intercultural dialogue in Europe. “This flash Eurobarometer survey on Intercultural Dialogue in Europe, asked citizens to report their patterns of interaction with people of different cultural backgrounds, and to inquire about their general attitude towards cultural diversity” (Eurobarometer). This survey provided me with information on cultural differences and similarities throughout Europe and also the value of education in different parts of Europe. Such as attitudes towards intercultural dialogue which showed that the “cosmopolitan” mindset is more typical in countries like Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. All of these barometers that I researched had similarities in the topics of the surveys given. Mostly all of the topics were focused on Political views, Cultural trends, etc. Differences that I found where the results in these surveys. Some countries value education differently than others, political views are not the same, and there are also many cultural differences.

Bibliography:

Afrobarometer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.afrobarometer.org/

-Latinobarometer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.latinobarometro.org/lat.jsp

-Asianbarometer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.asianbarometer.org/

-Safe work australia. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/pages/default

-Center for intercultural dialogue. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://centerforinterculturaldialogue.org/centers/centers-and-organizations-north-america/

-Anna lindh report. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.unaoc.org/docs/Press Kit – Anna Lindh Report 2010 EN.pdf

-Intercultural dialogue in europe. (2007, 12). Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_217_sum_en.pdf