Keynote one: Learning for an unknown future: Complexity, uncertainty, challenge

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for an Unknown Future Vol. 26

July, 2003, 692 pages
Published by
Helen Mathews and Rod McKay
ISBN
0 90 8557 55 8
Abstract 

In a complex and uncertain world, what is our responsibility in the university to prepare the next generation to meet the challenges of the future? The most compelling reason for us to address these challenges in depth is that there are fundamental changes in goals and expectations for postsecondary learning that were not present or recognized until recently. The need for increased higher order learning or thinking skills on the part of graduates of postsecondary programs is a global phenomenon. This change in expectations for the capabilities of our graduates ricochets into a changed role for us as professors and mentors to help students achieve these goals. But what models or approaches can we envisage that would help us in our task? What guidance can our disciplines and the fields of psychology and education provide? What changes will these challenges necessitate in the way we envisage and realize learning in a scholarly community?

Keynote one: Learning for an unknown future: Complexity, uncertainty, challenge

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