Unreflective thinking Inadequate inquiry-based learning Philosophical ignorance Inadequate development of critical awareness Muddled thinking
Conventional approaches to education tend to leave students deficient in comprehension, analysis and problem-solving skills. The inductive and deductive skills required for reading comprehension, plus the concept-formation and concept-analysis skills needed for the processing of information, are not adequately cultivated.
Students in every discipline require reasoning and concept formation skills as part of their career preparation and for their participation in institutions of society and for the overall course of their personal lives. The need for these skills is therefore essential rather than superficial. The assumption that these skills develop automatically with maturation, and that specific instruction in these areas need not be provided, puts masses of children at risk and may deprive them of the possibility of leading meaningful lives.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.