Quo Vadis Educatio? Emergence of a New Educational Paradigm
Why should education change? In the literature, there are ongoing debates about what education is, what it is not, and what it should be. Therefore, the question Quo vadis educatio? is not new. Nonetheless, new solutions are needed to face new challenges. In the creative and mind economy, pressures from the environment call for a new educational paradigm.
I seek to answer the question: What is a new emerging educational paradigm that can answer the challenges of the 21st century? After exploring a selected range of literature about schools, universities as institutions, education, learning, and teaching, I propose a new educational paradigm. I argue that educational institutions should become more innovative organizations, learning opportunities should be available anytime and anyplace, and learning needs to be made fun and enjoyable. Moreover, I express the needs for an extended epistemology, a synthesis of working and learning, focusing on practitioners as learners, applying a variety of pedagogical approaches, and the need for focusing on values and ethics in educational praxes.