Education Policy Outlook 2021
Shaping Responsive and Resilient Education in a Changing World
Education systems operate in a world that is constantly evolving towards new equilibria,
yet short-term crises may disrupt, accelerate or divert longer-term evolutions. This
Framework for Responsiveness and Resilience in Education Policy aims to support policy
makers to balance the urgent challenge of building eco-systems that adapt in the face
of disruption and change (resilience), and the important challenge of navigating the
ongoing evolution from industrial to post-industrial societies and economies (responsiveness).
Building on international evidence and analysis from over 40 education, this framework
endeavours to establish tangible, transferable and actionable definitions of resilience.
These definitions, which are the goals of the framework (Why?), are underpinned by
policy components of responsiveness (What?), which define priority areas for education
policy makers. Policy pointers for resilience (How?) then illustrate how policy makers
can apply these components in ways that promote resilience at the learner, broader
learning environment and system levels of the policy ecosystem. Finally, a transversal
component looks into the people and the processes undertaken in order to reach a given
purpose (Who?). The report has been prepared with evidence from the Education Policy
Outlook series – the OECD’s analytical observatory of education policy.
Published on November 22, 2021
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