ERIC Number: ED404213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Report of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, First Session (Paris, France, March 2-4, 1993).
International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
This report of the first session of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century describes its agenda of the working methods, the approach, the scope of its work, and the main lines of inquiry to be followed. The initial debate revealed a central theme to be sustained throughout the work of the Commission: the role of education in promoting cohesion in an increasingly globalized society. The Commission decided to focus particularly on discovering what common, universal problems needed to be addressed throughout the world. Without neglecting diversity of application or the evident need to take into account specificity of each aspect of the educational process, its aims, its workings, and its outcomes, the Commission decided it could best fulfill its mandate in attempting to discern how education could make a difference in bringing people into closer harmony, in short, how it could help people learn to live together. This focus encompassed both the physical and the spiritual aspects of society, economic and moral, environmental and cultural, and technological and aesthetic. Seven functions of education were defined. Six lines of inquiry were adopted and discussed: (1) education and culture; (2) education and citizenship; (3) education and social cohesion; (4) education, work, and employment; (5) education and development; and (6) education, research, and science. Transverse themes include education and the teaching process, communications technology, and organization of education. A schedule of future sessions was included. Three appendixes contain a report by the chairman of the Commission, the speech of the director-general, and the mandate and membership of the Commission. (DK)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Education, International Educational Exchange, Science and Society
Secretariat, UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France; fax: 014-306-4678; phone: 014-568-4876.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
Note: For related papers, see SO 024 394-407 and SO 024 449-454.