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Transforming professional education: The lost art of service and global citizenship

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This paper contends that the shift towards the ‘student as customer focus’ in education signals a potential decline in university community engagement and proposes that preparing graduates for global citizenship requires universities to reconnect with communities. The Curtin University China Occupational Therapy abroad program is restructuring curriculum around a service learning or community-based model to prepare for graduates of 2015. This paper identifies how the program meets evolving global demands and addresses Morin's complex lessons for education. Global citizenship is critiqued within Bell's model of reflective practice, with the Oxfam global citizenship ladder and the internationalised curricula and service learning literature demonstrating the outcomes service learning can deliver. A central contention is that rejuvenation of the service or community function should form an integral component of curricula, enhancing the political and social awareness of students to graduate more informed and competent global citizens. Furthermore, it is argued engagement with international issues such as human rights through the United Nations Global Compact enables students to develop into future community leaders.

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http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2008/refereed/goddard.html

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