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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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The changing world of work

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Changing life cycle patterns: changing number of years prior to being in the job market, out of employment, in employment and retirement for women and men. More flexibility in the labour market? Flexibility is examined through trends in the numbers in their current job for longer than 10 years and part-time working by men and women. Knowledge-intensive economies: the growing importance of R&D activities and the number of researchers employed in different countries. Massification and internationalisation of higher education: the rapid expansion of higher education as part of the knowledge-intensive economy comparing the percentage of graduates in younger and older generations, and the long-term growth of international students. Women in the labour market: trends in female employment and the rising qualification levels of women compared with men.

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