The Implication of Globalization on Education: Smart Schools and Values Education

By Norsiah Fauzan.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This article will describe the impact of globalization on the social change and the search for curriculum emphasizing technology and values education that conforms with our National Philosophy of education. Globalization is an inescapable reality or epidemic in today’s society that none of our community would remain isolated from the forces of globalization. The development in electronic communication resulted in the breakdown of geographical and cultural barriers that further facilitates the process of social change impinging on every aspect of human existence including political, cultural and the like. As a result, our educational system and curriculum changes its emphasis from memory based learning to an education that stimulates thinking, creativity, caring, catering for individual abilities and learning styles. In other words, we are searching for a meaningful, socially responsible, multicultural, holistic and technological curriculum beside looking for a more global way to improve the quality of education focusing on values, attitudes and behavior in a society full of diversity especially in terms of race and culture. In its attempt to transform its educational system and to fulfil vision 2020 that calls for a technologically literate, critically thinking work force prepared to participate fully in the global economy of the 21st century, we have to conform with Malaysia’s National Philosophy of Education. The Malaysia’s National Philosophy of education calls for developing the potential of individuals in a holistic and integrated manner, so as to produce individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically balanced and harmonious.

Keywords: Globalization, Values Education, Smart Schools

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.173-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 503.973KB).

Dr. Norsiah Fauzan

Dean, Language and Education, University of Malaysia, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

I obtained my PhD in Cognition and learning from University of Durham, UK in 2003, . The focus of my research was on meta-analysis and metacognition. My M.Ed (Curriculum and Instructions) was received in 1997 from Houston, Texas, USA and B.A. (Hon) degree in 1988 from USM, Penang. I’m the Member of Professional Bodies: EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instructions) and PROFES (Persatuan Perkembangan Pendidikan Sarawak). I joined the faculty of Cognitive Science and Human Resource, UNIMAS in 1999 where I taught several Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses and now actively involved in administrative work and research. My research interests is mainly in learning, psychology and meta-analysis and has written four books related to this area and written about 33 articles for the international conferences and journals.

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