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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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Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The nation-state is responsible for ensuring the well-being of its citizens. Education has an important role to play in improving civic and social participation and fostering democratic citizenship. This chapter explores these issues through five lenses:Private vices, public benefits? – focuses on the growing income gap and rising levels of tax avoidance.The rule of the people – contrasts decreasing civic engagement in voting and the increasing importance of online news and media. The nation-state in a complex world – looks at the role of the nation in both a global and local world, with the examples of referendums for secession and the growing interconnectedness of cities. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité – illustrates the important role governments can play in legislating for equality, using examples of immigrant minorities and gender quotas.Rurality in the 21st century – highlights two challenges facing rural areas: a changing economic landscape and population shifts.The democracy trends highlighted in this chapter are then linked to education, 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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