Presentation on theme: "Globalizing Learning: Implications for Curriculum Design and University Governance Ka Ho Mok Associate Vice President & Dean The Hong Kong Institute of."— Presentation transcript:
Globalizing Learning: Implications for Curriculum Design and University Governance Ka Ho Mok Associate Vice President & Dean The Hong Kong Institute of Education Changjiang Chair Professor Zhejiang University China
Introduction Globalization and the evolution of the knowledge- based economy have caused dramatic changes in the character and functions of education in most countries Previous discussion sessions have highlighted: * Importance of interdisciplinary research, learning and teaching * Transdisciplinary focus for curriculum * Preparing students to operate in multi-cultural environments * Connecting students to globalizing knowledge networks of academic research
One of the provoked debates of curriculum change under globalization is about multiculturalism and internationalization For example, according to McFadden et al., such a curriculum change should include: (1) The promotion of equity and of social justice; (2) The improvement of intergroup relations and the promotion of intercultural competences; (3) The reduction of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination; (4) The acquisition and the imparting of knowledge of human diversity and commonality; (5) The acquisition of knowledge for cultural consciousness regarding ones own and other cultures; (6) The development of skill in the critical understanding of the processes of knowledge construction
Another globalization drive is to prepare students to be more competitive in the global marketplace Along with the multiculturalism, students should also be able to handle and cope with a multicultural working environment and to cooperate with people from different backgrounds HEIs are therefore expected to provide training for their students with transnational skills or competences such as the mastery of an international language (i.e., English), the mastery of information and communications technology, and the abilities of problem solving, creative and critical thinking (UNESCO, 2000) In order to equip students with the above skills simultaneously, it is not surprising to see work-based learning curriculum has become more popular
Rethinking Ideal Graduates Beyond academic excellence International awareness Comparative perspectives Multi-cultural sensitivity Effective communication skills Strong interpersonal and social skills Operating in ill-defined problem areas Ability to work in teams Independent in research Critical in analysis
Implications for Globalizing Learning: Value and Culture Matters Multi-culturalism Multi channels for travelling Cosmopolitanism vs preservation of localism Globalism vs regionalism and sub- regionalisms Seeing things from multiple lens
Be aware of over-homogenization and reduction to dominating hegemonic perspectives Implications: Making students aware cultural complexity, accepting differences and appreciating diversity
Curriculum Design Innovative disruption of the disciplinary borders Expanding global spaces to enhance students creativity Building the link of global knowledge and local relevance Examining critically how universal values relate to local contexts Sensitivity to traditions, values and world religions
Systems in Supporting Global Learning Accepting and accommodating to diversified academic structures Developing common framework for accrediting degrees Enabling credit transfer Redefining disciplinary boundary Offering flexible and innovative modes of collaborations Supporting Infrastructures eg hostels, prayer rooms and academic administration
Peoples Readiness Are we ready? Staff readiness Student readiness Community responses Social and cultural integration matters
Macro Policy Issues Enclosures and barriers Immigration policy Education funding policy Policy for student mobility Policies dealing with overseas students, etc
Role of University in Global Learning Preparing future leaders with global vision and cross-cultural sensitivity Nurturing them to Care globally, act locally, respond appropriately to regional and global issues Global citizenship: critical in thinking and prepared to take appropriate actions in promoting social progress and human wellbeing rather than purely being economic animals
Globalizing Learning for? We must be sensitive about the cultural and social differences embedded in different education systems A proper contextualization is needed during the processes of policy learning Awareness of cultural colonization Emphasis on Global but rediscover the Local Have to reflect upon: globalizing learning for what? For whose interests? And so what?
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