For decades we’ve heard the mantra, “immediate feedback is best.” But is this always the case? We often simplify learning in the classroom as a response to positive and negative feedback that motivates our students to perform.
In a recent entry in the New York Times' philosophy blog 'The Stone,' Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle locate a 'momentous turning point' in the history of philosophy: its institutionalization in the research university in the late 19th century.
Innovation in education can look like lots of things, like incorporating new technology or teaching methods, going on field trips, rejecting social norms, partnering with the local community. It can be a floating school in an impoverished region, like the one in Lagos, Nigeria. Or it can be a school that's blind to gender, like Egalia, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Only the brave or foolhardy would claim knowledge about the shape of jobs for the next decade, let alone the rest of the 21st century. We know that the end of local car manufacturing alone will involve the loss of up to 200,000 jobs directly or indirectly, and there will be no large-scale manufacturing to replace them.
We also cannot assume that employment in health and human services will continue to expand in their place. Globally, millions of dollars are being invested in robotic monitors, nurses and companions for the elderly. The driverless car is almost with us, meaning that even Uber’s moment in the sun may be brief.
So if we’re not sure what the jobs of the future will look like, what kind of tertiary education can prepare students for the world of work? Various forces will be at play including economic (such as continued globalisation and intensification of competition), social (such as the ageing of Australia’s population), and technological (automation, digitalisation). There are also powerful environmental constraints. What kind of education can prepare us for the future?
Narrated by the poet Roger McGough, the film “Making the Change: Female Climate Fighters” provides an insight into the human impact of climate change in communities in Bolivia, Philippines, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. The accompanying resources provide further information about the lives of four women featured in the film and a selection of creative, cross-curricular teaching ideas to support learners to explore the issue of climate change in greater depth.
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