Re-Thinking Graduate Education: An Imperative for a Changing World

By Samuel Abaidoo and Lana Wachniak.

Published by The Learner Collection

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A re-conceptualized professional graduate program in sociology is presented as a higher education response to emergent macrosocial drivers. The interconnected drivers include social change, the globalized workplace, shifts in economic infrastructures (a move to a knowledge-based economy), changing lifestyles, the quest for intercultural competencies, and technological adaptability. The curriculum of the re-conceptualized graduate program lays a foundation for solving emerging problems engendered by these drivers. These problems require insights and skills dealing with explanation, negotiation, persuasion, and other forms of intense human interaction. The pedagogy and delivery through information technology allow and promote anytime and anywhere access to the substance of the academic discipline and to the teaching and learning process.

Keywords: Educational Values, Graduate Education, Social Change, Pedagogy, Technology, Problem-based Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp.205-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 649.618KB).

Dr. Samuel Abaidoo

Associate Professor of Sociology and Department Chair, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

I obtained by undergraduate education from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I had my graduate education at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. I received a junior scholar award from the government of Canada part of which was tenured at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My teaching and research interest are environmental sociology and technology and society.

Lana Wachniak

Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

Lana Wachniak is Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology and has been in university administration for the past decade. While her research interests in her discipline revolve around the study of deviance (serial killers and their artwork), she also approaches her administrative position from her perspective as a sociologist who examines the interactions of the statuses and roles that she and her colleagues occupy.

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