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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Infinite connection

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Universal access?: looks at patterns in access to computers in schools and at work. Exponential use of the Internet: the rapidly-expanding worldwide network and exponential rise in Internet use. The world in your pocket: focuses on the expansion of mobile phones and their increasing use as broadband devices. A digital society: examines the outbreak of social networks with the example of Facebook and its number of active users, as well as the online advertising opportunity it has created. Local diversity: the use of English language is progressively losing its prevalence on the Internet as online interactions among communities emphasise the diversity of cultures. Transforming our Internet: looks at the rise in the numbers of Apps available for download to portable devices and Internet traffic for cloud computing. New connections, emerging risks: takes a walk on the wild side of cyber bullying and internet fraud.

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