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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Family matters

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Family matters trends: A visual overview – a display of the trends in this chapter and the connections between them. The marriage of the century? – looks at changing marriage structures such as the rise in the age at first marriage and the growing legal recognition of same-sex marriage. A helping hand for families – observes government policy interventions to support families such as increasing public expenditure on childcare and pre-primary education and maternity leave. Improving health and well-being – focuses on the decline in tobacco consumption and suicide rates. Keeping children safe and sound – considers improvements in certain aspects of child wellbeing, such as deaths due to accidental injury and time spent on homework. Balancing the books – examines trends that show that households across the OECD have experienced an increase in debt and young people are now the most vulnerable group to income poverty. Infographic: Families and education – a visual exploration of the links between the trends in this chapter and education.

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