Global Curricular Challenges for the Twenty-First Century
Colin Brock, University of Oxford
25 March 2014, 15.00-16.30
Bilik Cemerlang, Faculty of Education, University of
The twenty-first century will provide unprecedented challenges to the human species. It is clear that for
many of the world's people major catastophies lie ahead in many fields: environmental, economic, clean
water supply supply for massively increased numbers of people, increased human conflict and climate change.
Education is almost the only hope, but not the education we have now in all its forms: formal, non-formal and
informal. Radical changes are needed, especially in the school curriculum, a feature of education that has
been slow to change, and therefore a reactionary factor. This presentation will consider the historical
curricular legacy for schools and suggest radical innovations in both content and delivery that may enable education to make a contribution to sustaining the human species.
About the Speaker
Colin Brock is Senior Research Fellow in Comparative and International Education at the University of Oxford. Previously he has worked at the universities of Reading , Leeds and Hull an also around the world for all the main international development agencies and major NGOs. From 2005 to 2012 he was UNESCO Chair in Education as a Humanitarian Response at Oxford. his involved field projects in Thailand ( Karen refugees from Myanmar); Sierra Leone ( post-civil war conflict issues ); Ukraine ( orphans and street children) and London ( refugee education). The final impact of the UNESCO Chair is a series of 15 books on Education as a Humanitarian Response (9 published 3 in printing). He is also series editor of Education Around the World (19 volumes, 5 published 7 in printing) the first ever global series in comparative and international education. Dr Brock is an Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Malaya, working with the Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE). He has supervised over 70 successful doctoral students and hundreds of masters dissertations, authored or edited over 30 books and published about 150 articles in journals and chapters in books