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.

English Also available in: French, German

Security in a risky world

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

In an increasingly borderless and connected world, OECD countries are facing ever more complex security challenges. Education has an important role to play in building awareness to prevent security risks and strengthening resilience in times of crisis. This chapter explores these issues through five themes:Personal and health security – explores a positive trend and a negative trend: the increasing safety on our roads and the decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics.Cyber security – illustrates the rapidly growing number of cyber security incidents and the rising importance of privacy and security experts in a digital world.National security – highlights the decline of nuclear testing and traditional war between countries, as well as ongoing internal conflicts.Environmental security – emphasises the importance of environmental protection by examining the worldwide rise in natural disasters and the consequences of air pollution. Economic security – examines job market insecurity with the trends of increasing household debt and expected earnings loss due to unemployment.The security 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.

English Also available in: French, German


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