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Trends Shaping Education 2016

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Did you ever wonder if education has a role to play in stemming the obesity epidemic sweeping across all OECD countries? Or what the impact of increasing urbanisation might be on our schools, families, and communities? Or whether new technologies really are fundamentally changing the way our children think and learn?

Trends Shaping Education examines major trends affecting the future of education and sets the background on upcoming challenges for policy makers and education providers alike. This work does not give conclusive answers: it is not an analytical report nor is it a statistical compendium, and it is certainly not a statement of OECD policy on these different developments. It is instead a stimulus for thinking about major tendencies that have the potential to influence education, and conversely, the potential of education to influence these trends.

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A brave new world

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

A brave new world trends: A visual overview – a display of the trends in this chapter and the connections between them. At the touch of a button – brings together changing technological uses such as an increase in online purchases and online searches for health-related information. E-society and the iSelf – discusses the exponential rise in the number of Internet users and the variety of activities performed simultaneously by online users. Virtual reality – questions to what extent virtual reality influences the physical world, as world leaders, firms and individuals create their digital personas. Dial “C” for cybercrime – takes a look at emerging cyber-risks and the growing concern for protection from these threats. The future is now: The rise of the biotechnology – focuses on the growing biotechnology sector. Infographic: Technologies and education – a visual exploration of the links between the trends in this chapter and education.

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