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Educating Professionals Leveraging Diversity in Globalizing Education

Ard Huizing
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rik Maes
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Thomas Thijssen
Via Nova Academy, The Netherlands

This chapter is based on the premise that globalization will lead to increased cultural diversity in educational settings that can be leveraged into enhanced learning capabilities for all those involved. It also posits that leveraging diversity can and will be used by universities while competing and cooperating globally. Much of the literature on globalization warns against market values increasingly dominating academic values and basic human needs, and against ‘Americanization’ or cultural homogenization. By distinguishing five categories of globalization effects on higher education, we argue that globalization is a much broader issue that leaves ample room for individual universities, faculties, business schools, and sections to construct their own responses to globalization and, in that way, help shape its future course. The second part of the chapter illustrates how one section of one university is responding to globalizing education. It discusses the learning by sharing concept and shows how this concept was used in three recent education initiatives to leverage diversity in the classroom. These initiatives indicate how the five globalization effects on higher education can be exploited in concrete educational settings. They also demonstrate that leveraging diversity is a learning process in itself. The lesson learned from these initiatives are therefore discussed in the final section.

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Reference:Huizing, A. , Maes, R., Thijssen, T. (2005). "Educating Professionals Leveraging Diversity in Globalizing Education," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 5(6). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/5-6
Keywords:globalization, diversity; life-long learning processes; learning by sharing; postgraduate education; higher education
Item Type:Article - Volume 5 Article 6 (2005)
Email: Ard Huizing (a.huizing@uva.nl)
Rik Maes (maestro@uva.nl)
Thomas Thijssen (Hamint@wxs.nl)
Related Link(s):http://primavera.feb.uva.nl/scripts/abstract.php?id=203

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