Educational Transformation With a New Global Urgency

  • W. Duffie VanBalkom University of Calgary


Education, never value-neutral, continues to be a most powerful force for shaping the next generation of global citizens and influencing the course of global development and inter-ethnic relations. Global interdependence requires that schooling can no longer serve local needs without a deeper understanding and careful consideration of global dimensions. The internationalization of education calls for a fundamental shift in the nature of teaching and learning, from "imparting the truth"to a liberal, but critical exploration and deconstruction of perspectives and their implications. An analysis of the anatomy of perspective contributes to the development of a cosmopolitan worldview which seeks to understand others with open-mindedness and mindfulness. At a more profound level, it shapes the educational enterprise in service of a universal common good.

How to Cite
VANBALKOM, W. Duffie. Educational Transformation With a New Global Urgency. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 147-154, mar. 2010. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 apr. 2018.