Topic 7 3rd millenium challenges to the knowledge builders
Presented toDr. Maria Theresa P. Pelones CITE 3S Adviser
The Asia Pacific Century Asia-Pacific is now a major area formarket expansion. Within theregion, recent shifts from a centrally-planned economies to those driven by freemarket forces have prompted thedevelopment of the transitional marketeconomies label.
The region has recorded unprecedented economicgrowth over the past two decades, with the highest levelsrecorded in Southeast and East Asia. Major shifts incountries’ political and economic environments in the 1970’sled to increased prosperity and rapid social change. Technology provided the major impetus that enabledthese changes. Increased capacity for generating, processingand disseminating information enables rapid sharing andsynthesis of knowledge.
Information and knowledge to optimizeeconomic gains in production has becomecritical. Information and communicationstechnology has vast applications in almostevery field of human concern.
The teacher, once the walking repository ofknowledge, experience and information, wielding the power topass or fail students, must compete with host of other informationsources. The teacher in the coming information age should notonly be a transmitter of facts and figures, but rather a guide in thestudent’s quest for learning. Current trends may lead to developing an opinionleadership role for the teacher/educators. Rather than the solemediator of information and learning, the teacher may take onvarious roles on different issues, either as an informationseeker, guide or information provider.
The learning continuum is fast becoming borderless, embracing a lifelong dimension, withthe pace of the knowledge acquisition described as unprecedented.
Population growth is fast outpacing the world’scapacity to provide learningopportunities to individuals and groups. Mass participation in education needs to be addressed by the education sector.
Recognition of priorlearning, accreditation and equivalency are approaches that are gaining substantial focus.
Work-specific and beyond-the-campus strategies deserve the educator’s attention.
Distanceeducation, open learning and other flexible systems are nowrecognized as having the capacity to provide access to lifelongeducation opportunities.