Diversity: Education's Human Investment

By Kevin H. Woolley.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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Today’s global economy has created a phenomenal demand for educated workers. How has this phenomenon impacted education? And more importantly, how has it perpetuated “human capital” ideology? The basic principle of human capitalism is that workers are a form of capital to develop into wealth. Critics state a culturally diverse population provides societal benefits beyond human capitalism. Theological frameworks follow multiple genres of research within the discourse of multicultural education. This paper discusses the human capital model within a range of possibilities for pedagogical practice. The proposed content originates from the presenter’s own international teaching experiences at a university in the Middle East. The paper outlines an introduction of the human capital paradigm. The format will be constructive and allow open discussion as well as practical examples on how to include diversity within a 21st century teaching curriculum. The paper focus will not be to debate what is right or wrong with human capitalism but rather, are there factors to consider which go beyond the appreciable gains in human investment. The overall objective is to provide a lens by which educators can explore diversity, social justice, and human potential as they consider future teaching methods.

Keywords: Human Capital, Diversity, Holistic Education, Educational Philanthropy, 21st Century Skills

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 15, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 361.935KB)).

Dr. Kevin H. Woolley

Assistant Professor, Interior Design Department, School of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar