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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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