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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Transformation of childhood

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Living in more diverse families: long-term trends in numbers of marriages and divorces, as well as the share of families headed by a single parent. Smaller families, older parents: the long-term trend to declining birth rates, as well as the older age of mothers when they have their first child. Children’s health: child health examined through obesity levels – growing rapidly in a number of countries – and prescriptions for behavioural disorders in children. Children’s inheritance of life chances: more children live in households defined as being below poverty levels, while the inter-generational bond in educational attainment levels may be loosening. Expecting more of children: the growing general expectations that children should work hard but also be imaginative.

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