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Future Trends in Education. Impacts on What We Do And How We Do It. How has public education changed in the last 100 years?. 1912-2012. Have these changed in the last 100 years?. Textbooks? Communicating information to parents? Written communication by students?

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Future Trends in Education

Impacts on What We Do

And How We Do It



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Have these changed in the last 100 years?

  • Textbooks?

  • Communicating information to parents?

  • Written communication by students?

  • Times schools are open/closed?

  • School schedules?

  • The role of the teacher?

  • The role of the administrator?


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Long Term Trends

  • Increasing dominance of technology in the economy and society

  • Expanding education throughout society, throughout lifetimes

  • Declining middle class; a widening gap between the "haves" and "have-nots"

  • Increasing metropolitanization/suburbanization

  • Growth of service-sector employment

  • Rise of knowledge industries and knowledge-dependent society

  • Increase in corporate conglomerates and mergers


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Long Term Trends (continued)

  • Increasingly global economy

  • Shifts in traditional nuclear family; more single-parent families

  • Increasing personal and occupational mobility

  • Growing demands for accountability in use of public funds

  • Increasing concern over privacy

  • Increasing privatization of government services.


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TRENDS TO CONSIDER

  • Education

  • Demographics

  • Technological

  • Economic

  • Political

  • Social


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Education Trends

  • Competition among schools for students, educators and funds is increasing.

  • Calls for education accountability at all levels are increasing.

  • More school districts and states are contracting for education services.

  • The demand for education professionals is rising.


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Demographic Trends

  • "Minority" students are beginning to form the student majority.

  • School segregation is increasing.

  • Disproportionate numbers of women and children are filling the ranks of the poor.

  • The number of senior citizens is growing.


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Technological Trends

  • Investments in technology infrastructure and equipment for schools are expanding.

  • Technology increasingly is being used to change what happens in the classroom or school.


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Economic Trends

  • Wealth is becoming concentrated in a shrinking elite.

  • The unemployment rate does not reveal the extent of employment problems.

  • The demand for technically skilled workers is high.


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Political Trends

  • The call for public accountability is increasing as taxpayers question the spending habits and policies of representative government.

  • The federal government is continuing to devolve power.

  • Distrust of the federal government is rising.

  • Unions are seeking new ways to be effective.

  • Term limits on governors and state legislators are growing more common.


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Social Trends

  • Consumer behavior is becoming driven by a desire to self-differentiate.

  • More Americans are espousing the principles of simplicity and community.

  • Nonprofit organizations are playing an increasingly important role in providing social services.

  • New social ills are revealing the dark side of progress.



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Evolution

  • High compliance

  • Time-driven

  • Labor intensive

  • Subject knowledge

  • Rote learning, memorizing

  • Focus on academic weaknesses

  • Government "owned" and operated

  • High achievement

  • Results-driven

  • Capital intensive

  • Process knowledge (learning to learn)

  • Critical thinking

  • Focus on academic strengths

  • Government in partnership with interested parties


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Evolution

  • School time

  • Teacher-centered

  • Textbook funds

  • One pace for all

  • Buildings

  • Mass instruction

  • Learning anytime, anyplace

  • Student-centered

  • Education resource funds

  • Different rates and styles of learning

  • Multiple access points for learning

  • Personalized instruction


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Open Source High School

An example of what the future might hold….


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Reference

Future trends affecting education (1999). Education commission of the states. CO: Denver. Retrieved on November 9, 2010 from http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/13/27/1327.htm


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