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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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Shifting global gravity

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Our world is becoming more global and interconnected. Economic growth has lifted many people out of poverty, yet challenges remain, and education has an important role to play. This chapter explores these issues through five perspectives:Shifting economic power – focuses on the dramatic economic growth of Asian countries and the resulting expansion of the global middle class.A global marketplace – looks at our increasingly intertwined markets, aided by rapidly expanding air transport and global exports of goods and services.Mobility in a global world – presents trends in international mobility, migration and remittances.The e-planet – highlights global consumption patterns and the growing problem of electronic waste.New players, new game? – illustrates the important role innovation plays in the knowledge economy, using examples from the clean energy sector and Artificial intelligence (AI).The global 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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