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ERIC Number: EJ903451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Enlightening Globalization: An Opportunity for Continuing Education
Reimers, Fernando
Continuing Higher Education Review, v73 p32-45 Fall 2009
Globalization presents a new social context for educational institutions from elementary schools to universities. In response to this new context, schools and universities are slowly changing their ways. These changes range from altering the curriculum so that students understand the process of globalization itself, or developing competencies attuned with the demands of globalization (such as learning foreign languages), to restructuring educational activities and programs capitalizing on some of the integral components of globalization. Whether these changes are adequate or sufficient is the subject of much debate among educators and other constituents of the education enterprise, including parents, civic leaders, politicians, and business leaders. In this article, the author discusses the urgency to develop global competency. He argues that continuing higher education should capitalize on the growing need to develop global competency in the twenty-first century, which he defines as (1) a positive disposition towards cultural difference; (2) an ability to speak, understand, and think in [other] languages; and (3) a deep knowledge and understanding of world history, geography, and the process of globalization itself. The author stresses that through the use of technology and distance education, universities can promote the creation of global learning communities that will support the development of global competency among participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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