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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Modern families

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Ageing societies: trends and forecast about the growing number of older people in OECD countries, and a rise in old-age dependency ratios. Love then marriage?: questions what is normal in family life through decreasing marriage rates and increasing numbers of unmarried parents. Smaller families: looks at the long-term trend of declining birth rates, recently (at least temporarily) reversed, as well as shrinking households. Balancing the budget: observes that households with children are better off, but also spending more over time. Infant and adolescent health: teenage and child health examined through pregnancy levels and low birth weight, respectively. Great expectations: looks at child poverty figures and trends in children’s expectations of success from PISA 2003 and 2009. A late journey to parenthood: considers the postponement of family through the average age of women’s first birth, and looks at enrolment in early childhood educational programmes.

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