Since 1999, we have been the leaders in worldwide consensus research on the competency of “global competence.” The research findings, which many have referred to as “seminal,” have been published in the Journal of Studies in International Education and in International Educator. In addition, these developments are routinely cited in subsequent research and discussions in journals, books, conference symposia and proceedings, among other forums worldwide.
By request for a practical application for our seminal investigation, we created an assessment—the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment(GCAA)®–to measure all dimensions of global competence that were identified in the original research. The GCAA® has been used as a research methodology since 2008. Participants in these studies have originated from over 115 countries across six (6) continents, and have included the continuum of growth from teenage years through senior professional tenure, representing a span of more than 50 years of human development.
At the time of its introduction in 2009, the GCAA® was the result of 10 years of original research and development. The assessment has been based entirely on extensive international investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for global competence, which are presented in the Global Competence Model™. The Delphi Panel of experts who collaborated on this worldwide consensus research study represented all sectors (education, business, government, and nonprofit) and six (6) continents. Since 2009, the GCAA® has been continuously used as a research tool for many private studies, as well as some that have been publicly shared.