Educational Transformation With a New Global Urgency

  • W. Duffie VanBalkom University of Calgary
Keywords: education, global, citizen, development, inter-ethnic, relations, universal common good, teaching, internationalization, open-minded, mindfulness


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. D. (2010). Educational Transformation With a New Global Urgency. LEARNing Landscapes, 3(2), 147-154.