Integrate classroom lessons into real-life experiences
February 03, 2013 00:00
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." (Albert Einstein)
Outside the classroom learning can be used by Asean to facilitate education for sustainable development, including visits beyond the confines of the school grounds to explore such local environment resources as museums, IT learning centres, offices, farms, factories and natural settings such as a forest, a beach or a national park. Firsthand experiences will enhance learning by providing students with relevant opportunities to nurture creativity and imagination while practising skills of enquiry, values analysis and problem solving in everyday situations.
Lifelong learning in the interconnected global knowledge economy envisions progressive change to challenge outdated regressive mindset approaches, discovering what works best for you. Formal education status quo structures become less important than meeting individualised learner-focused wants and needs, looking beyond a traditional classroom framework to promote inclusive, reasonable and sustainable lifelong learning options for eager, self-directed individuals in general and disadvantaged groups in particular.
The global knowledge economy places ever-evolving demands on savvy enlightened citizens who seek more diversified coping skills and multilingual abilities to function effectively in their mundane every-day routine existence. A model of lifelong learning encompasses constantly striving to improve one’s life cycle, from early childhood to retirement. It incorporates formal learning (schools, training institutions, colleges); non-formal learning (structured on the job-oriented training; and informal training (family, friends, mentors, local experts). The rote, repetition, recall and regurgitation passive system must make fundamental changes – replacing rigid lockstep inflexibility, memorising facts, with interactive collaborative tasks that emphasise applying, analysing and synthesising knowledge while engaging in cooperative needs-related skills development which promotes innovation throughout one’s lifespan.
Being competitively successful in the global knowledge economy requires unlearning and relearning mastery of a new set of IT competences along with multilingual fluency to act independently, autonomously and reflectively. Open-minded creative expression takes place throughout life and in a broad range of practical situations, accommodating a variety of learning-by-doing styles and strategies featuring abstract thinking problem-solving and curious observational techniques. 24/7 access to a dynamic information superhighway infrastructure can facilitate generating, processing and transferring shared information. Reforms must incorporate quality assurance competency standards providing self-motivated prospective Internet users with accurate information about the relevance of the offerings and performance of providers.
“The only source of knowledge is experience.” (Albert Einstein)