When seriously thinking about Lifelong learning and continuing education, it becomes not an idea just for America, Canada or even Australia, but for the entire world. But if educators are to consider a global perspective, what is the common language or practice we share? (Especially when we have different cultures, lifestyles, social classes, economics, and all the rest)
What can a professor in Kenya learn from a teacher in America; how can an instructor in Seoul gain anything useful from a trainer in Montreal?
This common language in my view is the very practice of learning and education itself: the activities, lessons, and methods teachers use in education. We must start to analyze lectures, group discussions, role plays, and demonstrations just like surgical tools in medicine. All educators as professionals should know in what ways to use a learning method and what level of skill or competence is necessary to perform it.
This may seem like an easy task, but through my entire experience as a student and an evolving educator, I have yet to see a comprehensive ,well-detailed synopsis of teaching activities and methods with very clear purposes. Instead what we have seen are professional assessments of teachers’ philosophies, beliefs, and values assuming that once understood, instructors can shape these activities and methods how they see fit….Really?
For example, just because I may know that I subscribe to an educational philosophy, or being a learner-centered teacher with the students’ interest in mind; this does not address my actions. For when I teach, I am no more knowledgeable about what steps to take to ensure my educational philosophy and intentions, or whether they are being met thorough my teaching performance.
Therefore, this blog is to announce my intention to research these activities of learning. Not just as a means of American education, but as a key to establishing a universal language of teaching learning and improving the learning profession. I know that the major accomplishments of mathematics with its universal symbols will never be challenged, it would be nice to find a way for educators to speak to each other across the world.