Educational curricula based on content rather than method
Although educational institutions may acknowledge their failure to offer problem solving or method-oriented curricula, they as yet have not developed a comprehensive, overall model for this type of education and few educators have the training necessary to provide a systematic methodological programme. With the exception of the scientific method, problem solving methods are lacking, whether motivational methods (except in business and military leadership seminars); study methods; reflective methods; or techniques of cooperation. The few instances where methods are taught they are generally in an isolated situation and there is no obvious relationship between one kind of method and another.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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.