Globalization and Education

Globalization and Education

Globalization

Globalization is the process of interaction and integration among the people, companies and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by informational technology. The process of earlier the rules and thereby providing an opportunity to other nations to invest is liberalization and the process of transferring an enterprise or industry from the public sector is called privatization. In today’s society liberalization, privatization and globalization is popularly known as LPG.

History

In the second half of 20th century, we cannot explain the interrelationship between globalization and education without giving due consideration on the thoughts of Toffler Alvin and McLuhan. He theorized the concept of Global village where he started that world has come so closer due to technological advancement that you are able to know the happenings in any corner of the world within a fraction of second. ‘Alwin Toffler put forward the concept of ‘sociology of future’ through his books Future shock, the world wave, power shift and learning for tomorrow. According to Toffler in the world sociology there has been two major milestone and the third reformers about to happen. First milestone was due to research in the field of agriculture, second due to industrialization and third is going to be because of scientific and technological advancement.

In 1995 prof. Arthur Danker proposed the draft of GATT through the world trade organization and this drunken agreement initialized the process of globalization. According to this agreement every member country can have the opportunity to offer their services in the service sector. Education being one of such sector. V.S Pandey in his book ‘Education and Globalization’ thrown more light on the effect of new financial policy on the field of education. In his book Globalization has been described as a widening, deepening, and speeding up of world-wide interconnectedness in all aspects of contemporary social life from the cultural to the criminal, the financial to the spiritual”. Education is an origin and center which not only promotes national development but also fulfil international needs. So we can conclude that education and globalization are the two sides of the same coin.

Many old concepts are changing due to globalization. Earlier education was service and now it has changed to a commodity. Student is changed from a learner to a consumer. So now a new idea is pay and learn. Today education does not only mean getting a degree but it is believed that education should empower national development of process and should be useful to the social life. Due to globalization government, universities and other educational institutions are facing many challenges. Quality in education is one of it.

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul kalam said the following in an event organized by NACC ‘Quality in Higher Education’ develops among the students, the ability to face the challenges of life AND also professional challenges. Universities and colleges should strive to inculcate the habit of using high end technology, foster creativity, business mindedness, research aptitude etc.in order to get their participation in the national Development.  In today’s world, due to changing political scenario different countries are coming together on an international platform to discuss about the common problem. The feeling that the whole world and the people living in different countries are one is coming up. To create this one society, all the components like political, social, financial and cultural are expanding and it is called globalization.

Produce human capital is the main aim of education and for that we need a modern and competent education system. But in reality globalization has put forth challenges for education. These challenges include infrastructure, technology, evaluation system, methodology, teacher education etc.

  • It is challenging to relate the curriculum to globalization, as it needs to cater to local, national requirements and at the same time relate to world situation. It is important to develop the content considering variety flexibility. Globalization is going to bring foreign universities and they have well developed and advanced curriculum. So it has become a prime concern for us to make the necessary changes in our existing curriculum to formulate a now one which will sustain the challenges.
  • Globalization has put up a big challenge for the policy making W.R.T giving quality education to all the people in the country. Inclusion education is a big challenge.
  • We use local and national language as a medium of education. But at the backdrop of globalization we need to rethink about the medium of education right from the school level.
  • Along with the increased demand for professional education conventional (Traditional) subjects as well as primary education and its quality should be maintained.
  • The effect of expected changes in the curriculum, infrastructure and management can only be observed when advanced technology will be used to impart quality education.
  • There is a big challenge for education to organize the existing knowledge and accommodate the new one and present it before the students in such a manner to orient then towards education. We need to find new teaching methods and a lot of research needs to be done in order to implement those methods effectively.
  • The aim of evaluation system is not only to decide pass or fail but to give an opportunity to the pupil to overcome the gap in learning. So the traditional evaluation system must be replaced by grading system, portfolio and online examination.
  • Today there is a rapid change in the social system due to the developmental processes. The value of the society are changing to find out these new values and also ways to inculcate these value in the society through education and hence make a framework of planning is a great challenge.
  • With the advantage of information technology markets are flooded with advanced technology. We need to use this technology in order to bring about changes and enhance the quality of education.

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