From global to local and back: an education framework for the realization of the sustainable development goals
Ilse Wambacq, Montclair State University, United States ; Koen DePryck, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Inst. of Knowledge Mgmt and Int. Inst. of Education for Development, Belgium ; Maryrose McInerney, Janet Koehnke, Montclair State University, United States ; Joan Besing, firstname.lastname@example.org, United States ; Rachel Scheperle, Montclair State University, United States ; Jerry Oldenstam, International Institute of Education for Development, Suriname
Global Learn, in Princeton-Mercer, New Jersey ISBN 978-1-939797-43-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Universities are very aware of the attention paid to global education. This pushes them towards a comprehensive education model incorporating global goals for learning. At the same time, global educative goals are increasingly handled at the local level, e.g., in Unesco’s concept of ‘learning cities’ which addresses the “crucial role that cities and local communities can play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” This is an attempt to compensate for the less than expected success rate of an approach mainly focusing on policy at the largest possible scale. This renewed attention to the local implies that the positive feedback loop from local to global learning is often missing. We present a conceptual framework for a global-local-global feedback loop designed to contribute to the realization of the implementation of the United Nations’ goals, focusing on providing higher education opportunity and sustainability. By way of proof of concept, we map this systemic framework onto the collaboration in health education between Montclair State University in NJ, USA and The International Institute of Education for Development (IIED) in Paramaribo, Suriname. While there is a symbiotic relationship possible between the developing country and the university that offers sustainable international programs, we will present the advantage such a global-local-global feedback loop offers the institutions of higher education that prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Wambacq, I., DePryck, K., McInerney, M., Koehnke, J., Besing, J., Scheperle, R. & Oldenstam, J. (2019). From global to local and back: an education framework for the realization of the sustainable development goals. In G. Marks (Ed.), Proceedings of Global Learn 2019-Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 70-73). Princeton-Mercer, New Jersey: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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