Arthur Harkins and I deivered a presentation on “Facilitating 21st Century Education: Leapfrogging Culture and Time through Simulational Learning” at the 30th Annual Pacific Circle Consortium meeting at Mexico City on July 13. Read on for the abstract or download the PowerPoint slides.
This paper asserts that changes in the global economy and the global society mandate an immediate adaptive response on the parts of education service systems. Cultural and temporal simulations offer dynamic, open source approaches to reformatting education for new relevance in the 21st century. Vigorously and imaginatively pursued, such simulations can permit educators and their students not merely to adapt to industry, business and government, but to leapfrog ahead and share in their leadership. The paradigm invention associated with such changes focuses on knowledge production emanating from three broad cultural resources: tradition and legacy; spontaneous emergence and evolution; and intentional creativity.