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Colección: Trends for a common future
Autor: Noel F. McGinn
Título: Toward International Cooperation in Education for the Integration of the Americas

An Example of Regional Collaboration to Develop a New Paradigm

Here is one example of a regional collaboration to maintain national differentiation while also taking advantage of superior regional-level knowledge.

1. Bilateral or multilateral agencies (or a regional development fund) select among competitors the best proposal for regional development and testing of instructional units (as were developed as the basis for the Colombian Escuela Nueva).34

2. Teachers in several countries share their best instructional units, which are tested in other settings.

3. Assessment of the units includes attention to contextual conditions.

4. Best units are prepared in modular form (i.e., as separata) with information about contextual requirements.

5. Evaluation experts prepare assessment instruments for each unit.

6. Units and assessment instruments are published centrally (i.e., in large volume to reduce cost) and publicized across the region.

7. Either central or decentralized systems purchase, from their regular budgets, those units appropriate to their curriculum objectives.

Similar efforts can be carried out in the development of:
  • programs to benefit vulnerable populations,
  • methods for system assessment and institutional accreditation,
  • teaching training programs,
  • capacity for school and system management,
  • education and training programs for both national and multinational employment,
  • intercultural bilingual education, especially for peoples that live in more than one country,
  • region-wide systems of information and communication.
All these are feasible with current technologies; all can be achieved for the benefit of all participants without the harmful effects that can accompany standardization. All of these efforts can be consistent with the new paradigm of development that promises so much for the future of our hemisphere.

[INDEX] [Presentation] [Introduction] [The Evolution of International Cooperation in Education in the Americas] [Cooperation After Nationalism] [International Cooperation as Supranationalism] [Cooperation for International Development] [Resistance to Aid] [Cooperation as Collaboration within Latin America] [Cooperation as Structural Adjustment] [The Current Situation of Education in the Americas] [Current Status of Education] [Summary] [Current Forms of International Cooperation] [Aid as a Form of International Cooperation] [Varieties of Aid] [Uniformization as a Consequence of Aid] [Aid or Assistance from Bilateral and Multilateral Organizations] [Cooperation by Transnational Corporations] [Aid and Assistance from NGOs] [Aid by Philanthropic Foundations] [Aid Mediated through Educational Institutions] [International Cooperation in the Form of Collaboration] [Examples of Collaboration in Higher Education] [Obstacles to International Collaboration in Higher Education] [Examples of Collaboration Between Non-governmental Organizations] [Other Instances of Collaboration] [Summary] [Globalization and International Cooperation] [The New Industrial Paradigm] [Implications of the New Industrial Paradigm for Education] [The New Development Model] [An Outline of a New Paradigm for Education] [Alternative Approaches to International Cooperation in Education] [An Example of Regional Collaboration to Develop a New Paradigm] [Notes] [References]