What does it mean for education that our societies are ageing? What does it mean that the Internet is playing an ever larger role in our lives? Does it matter for schools that populations are increasingly overweight?
This resource is designed to aid thinking about major developments that affect the future of education and setting challenges for schools. It does not give conclusive answers: it is not an analytical report nor is it a statistical compendium, and it is not a statement of OECD policy on these different developments. It is instead:
● A stimulus for thinking about trends influencing education – while the trends are robust, the questions raised for education are illustrative and suggestive.
● An invitation for users to look further and to add to this basic coverage examples of trends from their own countries or regions.
Using trends is not straightforward. Opinions differ on historical developments and which ones are most important. Even when there is agreement on the past, the future will often not turn out to be a smooth continuation of past patterns. Moreover, emerging trends barely visible or noticed at the present time may become critically important in the future. To help the reader use this resource, this first section discusses how trends may be addressed and interpreted.