Education Value Network: An Alternative Future for Education
Recorded: Thursday, April 18th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
The current socio-cultural and socio-economic challenges and deficiency necessitate a new education paradigm that often refers to education transformation. Future wellbeing is the ultimate goal of education transformation. Thus, educators need to come up with a model to make learners competent in dealing with new complex situations and real life problems. To this end, this paper tries to illustrate how emerging technologies and modern service logic can be adopted into education transformation. The study starts by scanning the current issues and challenges, individual and collective changes, as well as emerging solutions by which education could be revitalized in the next 30 years. Then looks at the different emerging business models to find a possibility that may transform the education industry. With the combination of environmental scanning and a future event production practice, an alternative scenario was developed for the future of the education system as a whole.
This study differs from other studies by adopting Slaughter’s environmental scanning model as an underpinning for knowledge analysis. In light of a paradigm shift in service business logic (Service-Dominant Logic) and an emerging new learning theory (Connectivism), the study introduces the concept of ‘Education Value Network’ (EVN) as a new alternative model for education transformation. The EVN Model is not a prediction, but an alternative scenario based on the best use of our resources in the next 30 years. EVNs could efficiently raise learners’ awareness of the real problems and challenges, and then bring their innovative contributions to all economic, social, environmental and cultural issues. Therefore, the image could be a critical for policy-makers and change agents to consider in building sustainable and productive education system. In addition to educational impact analysis, the paper outlines the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the model from economic, socio-cultural and personal perspective and lastly addresses the possible avenue for further research.
Kaveh is an interdisciplinary researcher and program evaluator
Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i
Mya Eveland is a media design production specialist at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai`i - Manoa.