Multicultural education from theory to practice, using a lifelong learning model. (Word Doc)

Jeria, Jorge
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This presentation will discuss multicultural education from two perspectives. One is using the concept of lifelong learning and the second is attaching this concept to preliminary findings on a research done in Mexico. It is assumed that with the mobile nature of work through the three countries region, and the current discussion about citizenship and participation, multiculturalism should be on the top of the agenda as a transversal skill in educational curriculums in institutions of higher education. Mexico educational programs with a long history of an indigenist curriculum has not debated vigorously the merits or difficulties of the concept of multiculturalism perhaps due to many forms in which this concept can be treated. It is also a fact that this situation is almost universal through most Latin American countries. Preliminary conclusions indicate that educational institutions that engage in a systematic process of curriculum revitalization using multiculturalism will have an immediate effect in professional training. These effects are related to social participation and social equity as immediate results.

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CONAHEC's 12th North American Higher Education Conference - Monterrey 2008
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 12th North American Higher Education Conference! North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and many common issues to face. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our region has become inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive and offer students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions.More than a decade after NAFTA was launched, it is increasingly evident that our region cannot isolate itself, but must rather develop stronger and more productive linkages both internally and with other world regions. Higher education has an important role to play in connecting North America with the rest of the world. Together, we will revitalize the North American higher education collaborative agenda for the new political, economic and educational context in which we live today.