World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI)

May 29, 2010

WCCI 2010 Conference Theme

The theme of the WCCI 14th World Conference in Education is Defining Democracy, Freedom, and Entrepreneurship in the Context of a Globalized Civil Society. The definition of the three major concepts in this conference theme will be reflected and discussed in the keynote speeches, papers, workshops, and panel presentations as well as in various program activities. Three key strands of discussion and deliberation are planned for this conference:

1. DEMOCRACY

Democracy: philosophy of governance, democratic governments intended to serve and strive toward the social well-being of all the people, political, ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups; mode of governance that provides the political context for freedom, exercised through the civic responsibility of all citizens.

Sub-Topics:

  • Human Dignity and Agency
  • Human Rights
  • Social well-being
  • Social Justice
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity and integrity
  • Civil liberties
  • Peaceful co-existence

2. FREEDOM

Freedom: guarantees the exercise of one’s rights, powers, desires such as freedom of speech or conscience; freedom of movement; freedom of worship or spiritual harmony and inclusive of basic human freedoms that are essential in order to function effectively in a global civil society.

Sub-topics:

  • Value of freedom
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Political and national freedom
  • Personal liberty
  • Global freedom
  • Physical freedom
  • Spiritual freedom

3. ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurship is an integral part of the process of the socio-cultural, economic development and growth of a civil society and an important dimension of the triumvirate of factors (democracy, freedom and entrepreneurship) for the continued dynamism of the 21st economy and systems sustainability.

Sub-topics:

  • Economic independence/interdependence
  • Environmental sustainability and growth
  • The social values of entrepreneurial people
  • Organizational context of entrepreneurial learning
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Media and technology entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Gender values and entrepreneurial activity
  • The value of creativity in entrepreneurial contexts

The subtopics under each of the three strands of the conference theme and areas of discussions in the list above are suggestive, not conclusive. Additional ideas may be added as long as they relate to the three discussion areas.