Technology and Globalization.

Globalization is the concept used by those involved in international issues in business, government, and academia in order to characterize the present evolution of international events. The concept implies global connectivity and interdependence. According to experts from the site, the main force accompanying if not driving this phenomenon is technology development. New technologies are the fabrics of this globalization process.

If this is the case, technology education simply cannot afford to ignore the phenomenon of globalization. Technologies are globalizing the planet and technologies are global. This is a fact that should be considered in the teaching of technology issues from the very beginning.

Technology and Culture.

We have to realize that present technology graduates likely will either supervise or be supervised by someone of another race, ethnicity, or nationality and that their careers and lives as citizens will be affected by international and intercultural life.

Students are realizing that the more different environments a person moves into, the more the person will learn. Conversely, the more we study with people just like ourselves, the less we learn. This is also the case with technology education students.

Technology literacy.

We know that today literacy is more than writing, reading, and arithmetics. It requires also technology understanding. But, current technologies are becoming increasingly international technologies. In addition to the economic and political factors that determine the actual worldwide extent of technologies, new technologies by themselves require the whole planet in order to develop their whole potential. The best example is modern telecommunication technologies and the multiple relations to other modern technologies.

This observation implies that technology literacy today requires an understanding of the whole international environment in which a technology will evolve and develop all its possibilities.

Technology in a Global Society.

Globalization means the emergence of problems that by their own nature are global. Examples could go from global warming to drugs, to finance. Being of the very nature of the technology method the solving problem mentality, it is obvious that more and more of the problems that technologists will face in the future will be global ones. In other words, more and more the new technologies will be for the global society and not just for the local environment in which the technologists are located.

Technology business.

Corporate executives, as well as government officials, tell us that the students they hire need to know how to think and act flexibly and strategically, how to move readily from one project and region to another, how to grasp a new situation quickly, and how to start solving pragmatic problems. The ability to think globally and act locally, as manager of high-tech corporation tells their employees, is particularly important now, because information about business risks and opportunities circulates freely, instantaneously, and without regard to national boundaries, often limiting the time available to make decisions.

Alert, job oriented students have come to realize that as the world shrinks, many of the best jobs are going to go to graduates who possesses international skills.

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