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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New social challenges

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Changing age structures: trends and forecast of changing age structures with smaller numbers of children and growing numbers of older people, and the ratios of working age to retirement-age populations. Changing patterns of social expenditure: compares the changing shares of national income devoted to health and educational expenditures in different countries. Inequality on the rise: presents OECD trends using Gini coefficients and the decomposition of general trends into the fortunes of the better and worse off. The persistence of poverty: focuses especially on numbers of those who are least well off in OECD societies. New forms of community engagement: this section examines international data on participation in voluntary organisations and in online communities. More satisfied with life: examining life satisfaction through the different lenses of subjective reports of happiness in different countries and trends in suicide rates.

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