Trends Shaping Education 2010

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What does it mean for education that our societies are increasingly diverse? How is global economic power shifting towards new countries? In what ways are working patterns changing?

Trends Shaping Education 2010 brings together international evidence to address questions like these. To make the content accessible, each trend is presented on a double page, containing an introduction, two charts with brief descriptive text and a set of pertinent questions for education.

The trends presented are based on high quality international data, primarily from the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations. The charts contain dynamic links so that readers can access the original data. Trends Shaping Education 2010 is organised around five broad themes, each with its own “find out more” section:

  • the dynamics of globalisation;
  • evolving social challenges;
  • the changing world of work;
  • transformation of childhood;
  • ICT: the next generation.

This book is designed to give policy makers, researchers, educational leaders, administrators and teachers a robust, non-specialist source to inform strategic thinking and stimulate reflection on the challenges facing education, whether in schools, universities or programmes for older adults. It will also be of interest to students and the wider public, including parents.

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ICT: The next generation

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Towards universal access: the growing and often near-universal access to computers at home, and trend data on access to computers at school. Where do students use computers? Short-run trends based on PISA evidence on computer use by young people at home and at school. The evolving World Wide Web: the rapidly-expanded worldwide network, charted through millions of websites, as well as the growth of Wikipedia as an example of user-generated content. Rapidly growing participation online: trends in Internet use, including by young people. The world in your pocket: this section charts the soaring ownership of mobile phones and the rapidly-growing access to mobile broadband Internet.

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