Dr. Yong Zhao, University of Kansas

Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future?

Dr. Yong Zhao, University of Kansas
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
4 p.m.
Campus Center,  Room 174-76

Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future?

Education debates have been bewitched by assumptions drawn from the past. These assumptions direct our attention and resources to arguing about immensely important issues from the past that matter little for the future. An example is the discussions generated by international tests such as the PISA.

Imagine if scientists designing new forms of travel continued to use the ‘horse and cart’ as the basic model for design. Education discussions today are akin to improving the horse and cart for traveling to Mars. The time has come when it is necessary to stop tinkering with the past paradigm and invent a new one.

In this presentation, Yong Zhao suggests that to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, education needs a new paradigm that enhances human diversity, creativity, and entrepreneurial thinking.

Zhao will discuss the basic elements of the new paradigm: learner autonomy, product-oriented, and globalized.

Professor Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas.  He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia.  He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education.