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COOL CURRICULUM FOR CLASSY, CONNECTED AND CULTURED CITIZENS (May 10, 2011)

RETHINKING CURRICULUM FOR GLOBAL CITIZENS

 

Porntip Kanjananiyot and Chotima Chaitiamwong, Fulbright Thailand

 

Higher education institutions in this 21st Century are challenged not only to catch up with the ever changing trends but also to best prepare their graduates to fit in the no-one-knows-for-sure future. Despite the unpredictable outlook, globalization and technology advancement will persist as major factors for educational development.

 

Globalization, enhanced by international and regional groupings, calls for global citizens with global minds and competency, thus requiring global graduates. Technology advancement makes it necessary for individuals and businesses to adopt the most convenient technology for their survival in this digital world, thus emphasizing the use of technology in education as a tool, as a study subject, and as a friend.

 

In curriculum design and development, to ensure the making of global citizens, higher education institutions could simply make use of what they already have. In particular, academic and cultural exchange, which is one of the most effective mechanisms to promote global mind and competency, could yield greater benefits when technology is involved.

 

However, the present world has already seen unbelievably widened gaps from age, culture, and technology. Understanding these gaps will enable higher education institutions to design their curriculums that will better suit the future of today’s learners.

 

Senior leaders and faculty alike have to be sure that curriculums are based on their best knowledge about the needs and requirements of different learners they serve and their best prediction of what the future world would encompass.  This will need closer connections personally, professionally, and digitally. Through mechanisms available, cross-culture and cross-generation exchanges must be an integral part of the curriculums from the designers to the learners.

 

 

ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย

 

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