Module 5 Online Critical Reflections: Essay Example

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Social, Political and Ethical Implications of Globalization upon My Professional Practice

Smart building is one of the ways that Saudi Arabia is embracing globalization by way of rehabilitating buildings and making them more environmentally friendly. There is the use of renewable energy sources and rationalized use of water and electricity. The ministry of education is amongst the first sectors to focus on the sustainability of the environment by incorporating topics regarding the preservation of environmental resources in their curriculums while also sensitizing the students on the effects of global warming. Doing this would go a long way in increasing the awareness of the importance of preservation of the environment now and in the future when the children are grown and are expected to utilize their critical thinking and knowledge in their communities. A program has come up from the ministry of education known as the (school environmental sense) that is keen on sensitizing people about the environment. Under the watchful eye of the ministry, the program seeks to introduce the use of green buildings that are environmentally friendly and promote the use of recycling and creation of gardens in the school compound. The project holds training workshops where teachers are trained on matters relating to the reduction of pollution and the development of water and energy (Kenway, 2009).

In introducing such projects, the ministry is aiming at empowering its students to learn more about preserving the environment. When these students go out into the society, they are able to achieve sustainable development goals due to their awareness of the things that matter and in turn it would ensure continuity of future generations. To ensure these goals are arrived at in a quick manner, they are also emphasizing on the use of e- learning, digital libraries and e-community participation to promote transparency, effectiveness, enhance quality of education, achieve economic stability by promoting scientific research and also to achieve the principle of the green movement by completing the e-transformation and reducing the consumption of natural resources.

As a teacher of sciences handling the concept of smart building one must provide environmental education in a unique manner that touches on the historical, political and cultural aspects of the topic. Environmental education is based on field work and the application of practical programs that are linked to the local communities to build skills and responsible performance from the students (Green, 2008). They become better at solving problems, research and also inquiries. While teaching sciences the curriculum focuses on issues relating to our society such as pollution of fresh water and desertification. In my school I started a campaign to help students start a backyard garden with the use of low levels of water and they utilized what they had learned from the science class on preserving the environment. This way the students learn from an early age how to think about environmental sustainability, are able to spread awareness and also become part of the solution. In so doing the students become more interested in the environment and also learn about the impact their school garden has on other initiatives and also on the society. It is a good way of showing people that preservation is something that can be achieved with the inclusion of the community as well (Duhn, 2012).

Globalization in this sense promotes cross- cultural interactions that help in raising awareness of the issues that matter in the society. It is seen as a way of improving the process of intercultural learning where ideas are borrowed from different platforms to bring about integration.


Kenway, J., & Fahey, J. (Eds.). (2009). Globalizing the research imagination. Routledge.

Green, M. (2008). Food gardens: Cultivating a pedagogy of place. In AARE Conference 2007 (The Australian association for research in education 25 November 2007-29 November 2007) (Vol. 1, No. January, pp. 1-11). The Australian association for research in education.

Duhn, I. (2012). Making ‘place’for ecological sustainability in early childhood education. Environmental Education Research18(1), 19-29.