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ERIC Number: ED454177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 54
Abstractor: N/A
Worldwide Perspectives on the Educated Teen for the 21st Century.
Mednick, Fred
This study examined abilities and conditions necessary to educate teens for the 21st century, surveying teachers worldwide on: characteristics necessary to meet 21st century challenges; opportunities and challenges to realizing those characteristics; beliefs about teaching practice and curriculum design; visions of an educated teen; and beliefs about learning communities serving teens. The study also examined related literature, global reports, and proceedings from two conferences developed around the survey. Teachers believe students need a broad liberal arts education combined with specialized skills, real-world learning experiences, habits of mind, and habits of the heart. They recommend new forms of pedagogy emphasizing interpersonal relationships, improved teacher training, and enhanced multiculturalism. They believe that educated teens need involvement in communities, teachers need training in new developments in pedagogy and learning, and schools must create learning environments for all students. Conference participants have similar beliefs about appropriately educated teens. Educators emphasize the need for whole-systems change in education, which requires access to information and worldwide teacher collegiality. They feel that durable reform must reside and thrive in indigenous culture and community yet allow for access to worldwide best practices, and that transformational leadership is a necessary catalyst for educational reform. (Contains 212 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: A research synthesis of a doctoral dissertation and concept paper underlying the formation of Teachers without Borders.