Trends Shaping Education 2013

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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 the skills required in the world of work changing?

Trends Shaping Education 2013 brings together international evidence 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.

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 2013 is organised around five broad themes, each with its own “Find out more” section: A global world, Living well, Labour and skill dynamics, Modern families and Infinite connection.

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A global world

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Migration and mobility: brings together trends on migration to and from OECD countries and the resulting growing share of those born in a foreign country. Pushing the boundaries: discusses the exponential rise in populations’ air travel mobility and air freight practices, as well as their road and rails alternatives. Undeniably global: the globalisation of economies, as shown through growing trade and levels of foreign investment. A changing balance: the emerging economic powers and the changing global landscape. Is our natural world at risk?: focuses on biodiversity loss as measured through deforestation and the incidence of natural disasters to illustrate human impact on the environment. Think green: a population effort in the preservation of the natural environment and nations’ long-term commitment to renewable energies. International divides of affluence and poverty: the widening divide between the richer and the poorer regions in the world, as well as the world regional differences in declining child mortality.

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