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Morin - Connections: Current Trends, Challenges, and Issues in Education Presentation
Transcript of Morin - Connections: Current Trends, Challenges, and Issues in Education Presentation
April 15, 2013
MED 560 - Secondary Teaching Methods
Mr. Rich Merlo Trend 3 - Employability As a Career and Technical Education teacher, we are always trying to make our students more "employable" after they leave our program. A student who has better job skills and is more versed in their job outside the local scope of the skill area, will likely have a better chance of being hired and succeeding. For example, an auto mechanic will have a better chance of being hired if they are educated in the metric system. In the field of broadcasting, students must be knowledgeable in current events both nationally and internationally. This will become increasingly important with aging baby boomers retiring. A skilled workforce will be needed to replace them. Trend 4 - Post-Secondary Education Universities and colleges prepare students for studies on a global level as demonstrated in the article "Demystifying the Pedagogy of Globalization" by Sean Jasso. On the post-secondary level for example, Business students must understand how world economies work together, what monetary systems nations use, and the economic challenges being faced around the world. Secondary students must be better prepared to enter post-secondary schools after graduation. For those entering the workforce after high school, knowledge about the "global reach of commerce" (Jasso, 2009) is even more important. Issue 5 - Financial Burden With technology having an increasing impact on globalization and the current state of the economy, schools districts are trying to find ways to integrate such technology while maintaining their budgets. School districts in recent years have had to layoff or not renew teaching positions as tax revenue decreased and school budgets dwindle. Now with the effects of globalization and the common core, schools are being asked to do more with less money. For the student, the financial burden for their education after high school is also increasing and students may not choose to attend college for this reason. Connections Between Globalization & Education "Today we live and work regularly with people whose values may differ from our own, and we may communicate instantly with people all over the world" (Noddings, 2010)
Technology has changed the way we communicate with each other and the way we share ideas. Technology has allowed business to be conducted at lightning speed and is the leading factor in globalization. Ideas for incorporating technology from Secondary School Teaching - A Guide to Methods and Resources (Kellough & Kellough, 2011):
Creation of global classrooms via the development and use of international projects and communications using online resources... (p. 17)
Improving literacy skills via reading and writing email, blogs, and other telecommunications (p. 17)
Incorporating electronic media and games as instruction (p. 17)
Increasing the frequency of use of virtual field trips rather than traditional off-campus field trips (p. 17) "Simply defined, globalization is both the action and process of business, government, and society making a way of doing something worldwide in scope" (Jasso, 2009). School buildings and facilities that are outdated and needing upgrades and repairs (Kellough & Kellough, 2011) Emphasis on helping students make effective transitions... from one level of schooling to the next, and from school to life (Kellough & Kellough, 2011) Lindsey is a student who would like to be the first in her family to go to college, but both parents are unemployed and getting to school alone is a challenge for them everyday. Transportation is often an issue as their vehicle is older. They cannot afford a computer or internet in the home. Even with financial aid and scholarships, she is concerned that the costs of textbooks and everyday college life would be too expensive for her parents to afford on their limited budget. Chris is a student who eats, breathes, and surrounds himself with technology. He has to have every new gadget released by Apple. Chris is constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, he lives his life publicly on the web. His use and knowledge of social media has led him to a job with Sony as a Social Media Specialist for a new musician recently signed by the company. Tom wants to work for a Forbes 100 company as a marketing specialist. He will have to have the skills and knowledge to compete with others from around the world applying for the same position. "They (students) need more knowledge, rigor, and intellectual tools to understand the complexity of the meaning of globalization" (Jasso, 2009) John has been repairing and rebuilding domestic vehicles since he was 10. However, when a vehicle made by Toyota or Honda is brought into the shop, the job takes him twice as long as his peers because he has a hard time matching up or finding the metric tools needed to fix the problem. Since she took numerous accounting courses in high school, Sarah has decided to work for her parents, who own a fertilizer company which does business internationally. Her job will be to handle their billing and accounting. She will have to know how to convert U.S. dollars to Euros or what the exchange rate is for the Canadian dollar at any given time. Works Cited Jasso, S. D. (2009). Demystifying the Pedagogy of Globalization: A Historical and Theoretical Approach Toward Effective Learning. International Journal of Business Research, Volume 10, 126-135.
Kellough, R. D., & Kellough, N. G. (2011). Secondary School Teaching: A Guide to Methods and Resources. Pearson Education, Inc.
Noddings, N. (2010). Moral Education in an Age of Globalization. Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 42, No. 4, 390-396.