International Education in the Local Classroom: a new Paradigm in global education.
Revolutionalize learning! Creating a fully functioning Education thesis/dissertation through Crowdholding.
My name is Randy Tice. I am an educator with 14 years of experience teaching in the USA, Japan, China, Republic of Georgia, the U.A.E., and Mexico. I am currently working on a graduate degree in Education with an initial Master's thesis which will then be used to earn my Ph.D with a fully published dissertation. I am also one of the original supporters of Crowdholding and believe in the power of the crowd. I would like to combine these two to help create a new shift in how we think about education. Please take the time to go over all aspects of my task. Mahalo in advance for your participation!
Currently, education can basically be divided into three types: curriculum based, standards based, and traditional. Have you ever had any of these kinds of classes before? Your teacher just teaches what he/she likes, often goes on rants or long stories, and when the test comes there are questions there that were never even covered in class. Or have you had the class where your grade was based on a high stakes test, you had intensive study, and everything you did was structured for you with very little creative expression? And of course, have you had the teacher that just lectures all day and expects you to take notes?
While there are many teachers who go beyond these, the prevalance of these kinds of learning shows that our fundamental approaches to education are ineffective. After all, how many of us can truly say we have had a relevant, worthwhile, meaningful, engaging education that has made us a better individual and more qualified/skillful in our careers? Along with our incresingly interconnected world that we live in, a new paradigm for learning is both timely and necessary. This new approach does not exclude other methods, but includes the best aspects of different strategies to create a new, relevant, holistic approach to education.
Learning is only meaningful when it is holistic (influences all aspects of your life). Holistic education is only achievable when all educational options are included. Practically speaking, this means a truly effective education that is relevant to our world today sources pedagogy, teaching methods, philosophies, and classroom culture from all over the world and combines them into one.
On a personal level, I have been able to teach in six different countries. Can you imagine the sheer amount of diversity I have seen? It truly boggles my mind. Yet, ironically, I have seen three similar patterns (the three I mentioned in Synopsis) in the classroom that makes education almost a waste of time. Most new education reforms just go to extremes. For example, standards based education is merely a reaction to curriculum based.
Throughout the years though, I have observed that the students that are the most successful, most capable, make the most progress, and just downright like and have fun at school are the ones that come from multiple cultural backgrounds, speak more than one language, are exposed to many ways of thinking, and combine their various subjects into their own hobbies and interests. Basically, the more the better. It feels very relevant considering the way our world is heading. The future is not exclusion, it is inclusion and the most successful individuals think this way. Yet, why hasn't this thinking been applied to education yet? Actually, the reason doesn't matter, the only thing that matters is that now, it is time to change the way people think about education.
I will be doing case studies in my own classroom where different styles of teaching from all over the world are combined together. These studies will generate data that will be published in the form of a dissertation. This dissertation can then be used at the local and nationwide level to influence our approaches to education and even policymaking. Particularly, this is very much possible in America as the network of educators and academics is strong, having direct links to administrators and legislators. Success in America will have a vast impact on other countries as well. With compelling enough ideas, execution, and data, actual change can be made.
Task (finally! The actual thing I would like you to do!):
My goal is to crowdhold not only an interactive discussion on education, but to also generate actual teaching methods that combine styles from accross the globe.
I will be implementing ideas at the start the upcoming school year (Aug. 2019 in America) with data being gathered throught the school year. There are three things I would like to request of you:
First: please make an initial comment responding to the following 5 questions:
- What country are you from and what were school/classes like for you?
- What parts of school/classes did you find beneficial and why?
- What parts of school/classes did you consider a waste of time and why?
- What role did extracurricular activities/events/clubs/sports/etc. have in your school?
- Are there any things unique to your culture when it comes to school? (For example: in Japan students clean their own classrooms).
Second: please respond to at least 2 other crowdholders, commenting on what is similar/dissimilar to your educational experience.
Lastly: please make an additional comment with an idea on how to combine something from your culture and at least one other crowdholder's culture; or, what two or more approaches would work well together and why.
- By participating in this crowdholding task, you acknowledge and agree to have your ideas potentially used in the publication of my thesis and dissertation. Proper documentation, credit, and citation of ideas given here will be done in the APA format.
- Please avoid simple comments like "Great!" or "Good!"
- Please be as real and honest as possible, it is important that we get a real picture of what is going on in classrooms around the world
- Tips will be given out to crowdholders who make significant contributions