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Title: Globalisation and the Imagined 'Global Thinker'
Contributor(s): Denman, Brian  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: The imagined 'global thinker' in many cultures is inherently value-laden. Broadening and expanding one's global thinking by placing emphasis on curricular reform and pedagogy, particularly in higher education, suggests two very interesting developments. First, there is increasing interest in joint degrees, the establishment of the New Humanities, and the notion that a student's heightened sense of selfworth, competition for jobs, and employability is at stake. Secondly, there is the notion that there may be a cultural lens overlaying the way we approach teaching, learning, and research, suggesting that 'global' may be confined to a particular worldview. In an attempt to track and map the 'global thinker,' regardless of definition, there are many challenges to overcome, many of which include the ambiguity of lateral thinking, the perceived erosion of learning content over delivery, and the realization of its 'imaginative' potential and applicability. While the curriculum generally specifies what students are expected to learn and requirements for graduation through accreditation and quality control standards set by the disciplines, universities are increasingly under pressure to refashion their degrees to conform to what students and industry demand. At the same time, higher education institutions are increasingly monitoring offerings, not by the quality of content but by the quantity of enrollees. Their emphasis increasingly is on financial viability and immediate employability of graduates. All of these developments undermine an historic regimen that promotes the development of the 'global thinker.' This discussion identifies and analyses the tensions between the core activities of universities---namely teaching and research---and the development of the imagined 'global thinker.' It also considers the feasibility of tracking a student's academic progress through the use of an online rubric that is custom-tailored to visually demonstrate one's mastery of creativity and innovation, deep thinking, assessment for learning, and critical problem solving skills.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Advocacy for Change in Educational Culture, p. 1-18
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Inc
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9781634842068
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
390402 Education assessment and evaluation
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
280114 Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
280109 Expanding knowledge in education
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
Editor: Editor(s): Dale H Eberwein
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