Trends Shaping Education 2019

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Did you ever wonder whether education has a role to play in preparing our societies for an age of artificial intelligence? Or what the impact of climate change might be on our schools, families and communities?

Trends Shaping Education examines major economic, political, social and technological trends affecting education. While the trends are robust, the questions raised in this book are suggestive, and aim to inform strategic thinking and stimulate reflection on the challenges facing education – and on how and whether education can influence these trends.

This book covers a rich array of topics related to globalisation, democracy, security, ageing and modern cultures. The content for this 2019 edition has been updated and also expanded with a wide range of new indicators. Along with the trends and their relationship to education, the book includes a new section on future’s thinking inspired by foresight methodologies.

This book is designed to give policy makers, researchers, educational leaders, administrators and teachers a robust, non specialist source of international comparative trends shaping education, whether in schools, universities or in programmes for older adults. It will also be of interest to students and the wider public, including parents.

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Modern cultures

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Our modern world has evolved, with changes to jobs, families, gender roles and expectations for how we live our lives. This chapter explores these issues through five different perspectives:The connected economy – focuses on the increasing economic relevance of mobile digital communications combined with the rise of freelance work through online platforms.Gender at work – presents trends on gender equality with a focus on wage gaps and flexible parental leave policies.Changing families – looks at how families have changed in the 21st century, with the example of births out of wedlock and the prohibition of corporal punishment.When virtual becomes reality –explores how digitalisation has created virtual lives and made them real, and in so doing changed access and ownership of goods and services.Ethical consumption – illustrates the important role our buying behaviour plays in achieving sustainability, with examples of electric cars and meat consumption.The trends highlighted in this chapter are then linked to education. All of education is explored, from early childhood education and care to lifelong learning. The chapter ends with a look at how using different versions of the future can help us better prepare for the unknown.

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