SoFIA Paradigm: The new Educational Experience
The purpose of education is to successfully engage students in their learning as well as achieve excellent academic and operational results and thus provide a better learning experience. Education has been recognized by society that is the key to preparing its students for: the emergence of the knowledge economy; the increased demands for skills and human capital; the need for equality of opportunity; and helping students to release their potential not only during their time at school but also throughout their working lives. More than ever before there is an urge to focus closely on the needs, aptitudes and aspirations of individual students, especially through constantly changing times where most educational approaches are being challenged and reformed. In addition, changing social and economic conditions increase the need for education changes locally and globally, in conjunction with the technological advances that alter the way teaching and learning is achieved.
Simultaneously, however, education always will continue to focus on preparing students for the future indicating that teaching and learning cannot continue addressing education needs the same way as in the past (Fullan and Langworthy, 2013), in order to avoid Willman’s (2015) conclusion that "at this point we appear to have a 19th century curriculum, 20th century buildings and organizations and 21st century students facing an undefined future". Fοr the educational goals to be accomplished and the challenges and the future demands on our education system to be met, there is a need to accurately prescribe the role and activities of all educational stakeholders. It is necessary to address questions such as:
How students should expand their knowledge, advance their skills and enhance their values? What should be the teaching methods that will best engage and prepare students?
What should be the administrative actions, such as curriculums, tools, infrastructure etc., that will be appropriate for all stakeholders that are dynamically determine school life?
What should be the managing approaches in applying all the previous?
Additionally, all educational institutions must inspire their students to develop the wisdom to transform their educational experience into social, economic, environmental, intellectual and ethical resources to improve their life. Educational institutions, now more than ever, have to provide educational opportunities and experiences which must shift the education process in ways that alter the approaches they have catalyze learning and innovation as well as the ways which complement and enrich the individual’s personal learning space. As a result, it is not surprising to the education community that a new, fresh, authentic and unbounded educational approach is required.
Finally, it should be noted that demand for a new educational approach to raise academic achievements and the 21stcentury skills, comes from virtually all constituents, from international agencies, national governments, local school boards, teachers, parents, and students themselves. That is, education is a recognized priority not only for all governments, but also for any society. It is the key to preparing a nation for the emergence of the knowledge economy and its increased demands for skills and human capital. As changing social and economic conditions increase the need for learning, the fundamental importance of education is fully accepted. And as educational models are challenged more than ever before there is an urge to focus closely on the needs, aptitudes and aspirations of individual students.
As education is the route to equality of opportunity for all and can help people to release their potential not only during their time at school but also throughout their working lives. A fundamental question must be answered: how the educational system in the 21st century can justify the need for new approaches to teaching and learning as a synthesis of global best practices embedded in any educational system?