Presentation on theme: "Global Skills- Framing the Issues"— Presentation transcript:
1 Global Skills- Framing the Issues Dr. Douglas BournDevelopment Education Research Centre, IOE
2 Aims of PresentationImpact of globalisation on learning and practices in higher educationWays in which institutions can and are respondingGlobal Perspectives and Global SkillsFramework for Global Skills
3 Context Globalisation Pressures on universities to compete in global market placeNeeds and agendas of key stakeholders on society
4 Globalisation Interdependent World (Giddens,1991) Flat World (Freidman,2005)More than just new technology and instant communications (Castells, 2000)Social, cultural and economic dimensions (Harvey,2003)
5 Examples Dislocation from our traditional moorings I am from nowhere When do we turn the lights outEveryone needs to learn Mandarin
6 Globalisation and Global Skills Context of globalisation and rapidly changing worldEquipping learners to make sense of, and have the skills, to engage in a global societySkills needs for a global economyMaking connections between the local and the global
7 Global Perspectives and Global Dimension Understand our situation in a wider contextMake connections between local and global events and scalesDevelop skills and knowledge to interpret events affecting our livesLearn from experiences elsewhere in the worldIdentify common interests and explore wider horizons(Bourn,MacKenzie, Shiel, 2006)
8 Skills for Global Perspectives Self Reliant – where global awareness heightens self‑awareness, confidence, the ability to respond positively and pro‑actively to personal and professional change in today's globalised world.Connected ‑ global citizens work well as part of a team, recognising the value and role of each member, inspiring others and developing cross-cultural capability and sensitivity to others.Well‑rounded ‑ a graduate's range of skills can only be considered as well-rounded when they reflect the global environment in which we all operate.Critical reflectors – a global perspective requires a student to challenge knowledge, reflect on the economic, social and political contexts that shape experience and adopt a critical perspective in analysis and decision-making, reflecting on self and others. (Shiel, Williams and Mann (2005
9 Complexity and Uncertainty We ourselves argue that the challenge for learning in relation to sustainable development is to confront learners with competing accounts of human and environmental reality wherever complexity and uncertainty mean that it is possible for competing rationalities to yield competing versions of the truth. (Scott and Gough,2005)
10 Changing Perspectives Equipping Learners to Participate in a globalised world requires:Moving from fixed content and skills to conform to a predetermined idea of society to concepts and strategies to address complexity, difference and uncertaintyMoving from absorbing information, to reproduce received knowledge, to accept and adapt to existing structures and models of thinking, knowing and being to assess, interrogate and connect information, to generate knowledge, to live with difference and conflict, to shift positions and perspectives according to contextsMoving from structured, ordered and stable, predictable, comprehensible as a whole, universal meanings and interpretations to complex and changing, uncertain, multifaceted and interconnected, different meanings and interpretation
11 Global SkillsKey message is demonstrate skills for a global economy need to recognise global and culturally diverse nature of society and that the skills needs for today and tomorrow need to recognise complexity and uncertainty.
12 Features of Global Skills An ability to communicate with people from a range of social and cultural backgroundsAn ability to work within teams of people from a range of backgrounds and other countriesOpenness to a range of voices and perspectives from around the worldWillingness to resolve problems and seek solutionsRecognition and understanding of the impact of global forces on people’s livesWillingness to play an active role in society at local, natural and international level.
13 GLOBAL ENGINEER Why global issues are critical to engineering education What global skills look like and the alignment between different initiatives How the global dimension can be embedded: looking at examples of current practice
14 Global Health We aim to enable medical students to Challenge attitudes towards patients, individuals, communities and health care delivery systems.Recognise factors contributingﾊ to global health inequalities.Identify the role of governments, international companies, international organisations and NGOs.Recognise the factors underpinning global inequality and access to health care services.Acknowledge the interdependence within a global health system.(www.skillshare.org/buildingawareness_health.htm)
15 Thoughts for the Day‘A global institution does not impose one view, one way of life, or form of knowledge on the rest of the world. It creates a space in which ‘the rest of the world’ can examine what we hold to be important and true in a safe, enjoyable and productive relationship of equals. Only once we have created such spaces will we be able to claim that we are becoming global.’ (Tormey, 2006).Education’s main contribution should be to familiarise learners with perspectives other than their own (Professor Bill Scott, Centre for Environmental Education Research, University of Bath