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What a scary thought: “we are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet… using technologies that haven’t been invented yet … in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”  The world is rapidly changing because of the rise of information and communication technology and the experience of the current student is unlike any era in history.  Globalization is the driving force behind the interconnectedness of our world (Steger, 2009). Globalization is transforming the world in which we exist today, from nation-states, to institutions, to individuals.  Education world wide is having to adapt to these new changes in order to produce the kind of student the world is asking for.

Globalization has universal dimensions affecting everyone.  There have been serious changes to the labor market, the working world, and working individual from what we knew two hundred and fifty years ago during the Industrial Revolution.  Globalization has reconstructed and transformed economic, political and cultural institutions; even transforming the manner in which we think of ourselves and imagine our futures (Rizvi & Lingard, 2010).  With a major shift away from material production to information process, the current economy is characterized largely by science and technology (Rizvi & Lingard, 2010).  This new kind of economy is “knowledge-based, post-industrial and service-orientated” (Rizvi & Lingard, 2010 p.26).  Productivity and competitiveness among nations and individuals are at the root of this economy of technological know-how. In the current ‘knowledge economy’, educational, social, political, and economical opportunities are shaped single-handedly by access to technology.

Resources:

Rizvi, F., & Lingard, B. (2010). Globalizing education policy. London: Routledge.   Steger, M.B. (2009). Globalization: A very short introduction. Oxford, NY: Oxford

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