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Raheel Lakhani

Educational Technologist,

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Has specialization or focus on expertise been an advantage to us or a disadvantage?

In past, whether it was Greeks or the Muslim Empire, there was a lot of focus on eclectic knowledge. The main quest was for learning as a whole and not in different disciplines. Though a lot of categorization has come from that place, still they never concentrated on one categorization. They were well-versed in diverse things.

Is the fragmentation a sin of modern academia? or does specializations really help? how much is it needed and where/when we should avoid? Is jack of all a bad thing?

what are its implications of our education systems? what are its implications in decision-making in varied contexts?


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    Mar 13 2011: Specialization is vital in today's global economy--in time when unemployment runs rampant--it is imperative that human resource representatives hire the person(s) whom are truly best qualified for a position. In turn, this will increase the need for the improvement of our (American) education system--at the elementary level, all the way up through higher education institutions.

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