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ERIC Number: EJ1126332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
The "New Educational Model": More Promises than Results? Little Effort toward Lifelong Learning in Mexican Higher Education
Alvarez-Mendiola, German
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v14 n2 p168-189 Nov 2008
In Mexico there is no policy of lifelong learning; however, the idea of focusing on students and learning--especially on appropriate knowledge-acquisition skills at various points in one's life--is spreading through post-secondary education. Since about ten years ago, institutions of higher learning, mostly universities, have initiated reforms--dubbed the "new educational model"--which were designed to combine professional specialisation with general training. Additionally, this model aimed to provide common formative areas, establish counselling programmes, and open free complementary courses. Theoretically, this model prepares capable individuals to face the challenges that a knowledge-based economy and society require: to keep continually informed, to find and solve problems, to get or generate employment, and to promote a freer society with plenty of possibilities for culture and leisure. Despite the efforts invested in these reforms, little is known of their results. Using available new information, this paper shows that the new model has not produced the desired results, but rather has had unintended consequences. The improvement in some performance indicators, such as graduation rates, seems to be related more to changes in the requirements to obtain the undergraduate degree than to the impact of the new educational model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico
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