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The Trends Shaping Education Spotlights are a recurring series of briefs that highlight specific themes from Trends Shaping Education 2013 that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners.

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Trends Spotlight  #7: Gender Equality

Education plays an important role in ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities in their personal and professional lives, through formal schooling, shaping attitudes and transforming behaviours. Yet old stereotypes die hard, and gender still plays a role in a number of ways. This Spotlight takes a look at the issues both in society and in the educational field itself. Also read the Blog 

 Modern Families Spotlight 6

Trends Spotlight #6: Modern Families

Families in the OECD are changing. The nuclear family – mother and father, married with children – is becoming less common. The number of reconstituted and single-parent households is rising, families are becoming smaller and individuals are deciding to have children later in life, or not at all.

 Trends Spotlight 5

Trends Spotlight #5Infinite Connections

ICT has influenced almost all aspects of our lives and has changed the way we communicate, work and socialize. Education plays a key role in ensuring that everyone can reap the benefits of our technology-rich world, as well as help mitigate some of the risks.

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Trends Spotlight #4: Think Green

Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of environmental challenges and shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference. For basic education as well as vocational education and training, policy measures such as work-based learning and the provision of better career guidance can be powerful tools to strengthen the link between skills development and the green-growth agenda of countries. 

Trends Shaping Education 2013, Spotlight #3 Urban Life

Trends Spotlight #3Urban Life

 The rise of urbanisation poses both opportunities and challenges for education – most notably, in developing policies that will ensure that education thrives in tandem with increasing urbanisation.


   Trends Spotlight # 2Body and Society
   Trends Spotlight # 1Ageing Societies




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ISSN :2218-7049 (online)
ISSN :2218-7030 (print)
DOI :10.1787/22187049
Publication: 19/2/2013

Trends Shaping Education 2013

What does it mean for education that our societies are increasingly diverse? How is global economic power shifting towards new countries? In what ways are the skills required in the world of work changing?

Trends Shaping Education 2013 brings together international evidence to give policy makers, researchers, educational leaders, administrators and teachers a robust, non-specialist source to inform strategic thinking and stimulate reflection on the challenges facing education, whether in schools, universities or programmes for older adults. It will also be of interest to students and the wider public, including parents.

The trends presented are based on high-quality international data, primarily from the OECD, the World Bank and the United Nations. The charts contain dynamic links so that readers can access the original data.  The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in this book are available via the StatLinks printed in this book.

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Executive Summary

What does it mean for education that our societies are becoming more diverse? What role do new technologies play in our lives, and how can they be best exploited by our schools? What skills should
education provide for our increasingly knowledge-intensive societies? This book examines major trends that are affecting the future of education and setting challenges for policy makers and education providers alike. It 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 discussion about major tendencies that have the potential to influence education. While the trends are robust, the questions raised for education in this book are intended to be illustrative and suggestive. We invite users to look further and include examples of developments from their own countries or regions in their discussions.

This resource contains 35 subjects each illustrated by two figures on specific trends. The material is organised in five main chapters focusing on globalisation, well-being and lifestyle, skills and the labour market, modern families, and new technologies. In each section a series of questions are posed linking the trend to education, from the level of early childhood education and care through to tertiary education and lifelong learning. While all the trends included are relevant to education, not all relevant trends are in this resource – it is necessarily highly selective. As well as relevance for education, the criterion for selecting trends was the availability of internationally comparable, long-term evidence. The diversity of the topics covered means that in some cases the trends are charted over a short decade; in others, longer-term trends are available. The trends that
cover the shortest amount of time look at emerging trends in new technologies.

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Table of contents

Trends Shaping Education 2013 is organised around five broad themes, each with its own "Find out more" section:

  • A global world
  • Living well
  • Labour and skill dynamics
  • Modern families
  • Infinite connection‌

 Example graphs:

English becoming less dominant online as major sites increase multi-lingual content

Proportion of Wikipedia articles by language as a percentage of total articles on this site, January 2001 - February 2011


English becoming less dominant online as major sites increase multi-lingual content
Proportion of Wikipedia articles by language as a percentage of total articles on this site, January 2001 - February 2011


Source: OECD (2012),OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012, OECD Publishing. doi: 10.1787/9789264086463-en


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