Children, Families, Social Capital and Education in Go-Go Capitalism: A Dispatch from America's Richest CountryThe rise of the consumer society is a powerful force and, in partnership with technological change, it is reshaping the nature of community, family, childhood and education. Educational researcher Terry Ryan discusses societal problems created by the modern economy and then reminds us that the these social trends are not beyond human control. Ryan argues that change brings opportunities and despite the serious challenges facing communities, there is much reason to be hopeful and excited about the future.
For young people to thrive in highly flexible, changing environments, they need to have grown up in -Terence RyanMon, 02/18/2008 - 17:33 -- adminFor young people to thrive in highly flexible, changing environments, they need to have grown up in open and challenging environments that stimulate their ability to be creative and thoughtful. It is rare for such challenging learning environments to coexist within institutions driven by a time-clock or a mass of standard operating procedures.
As children spend more time in structured learning environments ...they feel comfortable in settings-Terence RyanMon, 02/18/2008 - 17:32 -- adminAs children spend more time in structured learning environments ...they feel comfortable in settings where things are structured and controlled. In contrast, a more open and risky environment intimidates them... [in this way] we are creating a potentially dangerous disconnect between the learning environments we are providing for children and the economy we are creating for them to enter into as adults.
The shift from a factory-based to a computer-based-Arthur SchlesingerMon, 02/18/2008 - 17:23 -- adminThe shift from a factory-based to a computer-based economy is more traumatic even than our great-grandparents' shift from a farm-based economy. The Industrial Revolution extended over generations and allowed time for human and institutional adjustment. The Computer Revolution is far swifter, more concentrated, and more dramatic in its impact.
Companies are being forced to think differently.... …The high-rise pyramids of hierarchical corpor-Daniel YerginMon, 02/18/2008 - 17:18 -- adminCompanies are being forced to think differently.... …The high-rise pyramids of hierarchical corporate structures are being transformed into the low-rise of the flatter organization -- less bureaucracy, more teamwork, and a greater dispersion of responsibility, information and decision-making.
Catching the Knowledge Wave: The Knowledge Society and the Future of EducationThu, 02/07/2008 - 14:08 -- adminJane Gilbert says that knowledge is now a verb, not a noun – something we do rather than something we have – and explores the ways our schools need to change to prepare people to participate in the knowledge-based societies of the future.
Read our staff review of Catching the Knowledge Wave?, below.
About the author
Jane Gilbert is a chief researcher with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. She has a background in teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels.
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the FutureMon, 02/04/2008 - 13:27 -- adminLawyers. Accountants. Radiologists. Software engineers. That’s what our parents encouraged us to become when we grew up. But Mom and Dad were wrong. That’s the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.
... "right-brain" qualities of inventiveness, empa-Dan PinkMon, 02/04/2008 - 12:58 -- admin... "right-brain" qualities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness, and meaning--increasing will determine who flourishes and who flounders.
The New Economy's Impact on LearningThe last decades of the 20th century saw countries around the world make the dramatic transition from closed, state-dominated, economies towards open, free-market, economies. This article explores the impact that the shift towards a more knowledge-based economy has had on Americans and, in particular, the implication for children’s learning.
(A paper by Terry Ryan)
changing economy“The work place is demanding more innovation and creativity…That’s a fundamental shift from just five years ago when the focus was on simply re-engineering and efficiency.” Terry Ryan
Addressing the rural-urban gap in educationStudents in rural Canada are falling behind their urban counterparts. These adverse educational outcomes limit the range of employment options available to rural youth and reduce the talent pool available within rural economies. What can be done?
(Source: Canadian Council on Learning)
The Skills Gap in Canada: Preparing for the Jobs of the FutureThe knowledge requirements of Canadians’ jobs are growing rapidly. Despite the successes of Canadian schools, a gap remains between the demand for workers with strong literacy and numeracy skills and the supply of Canadians who possess them.
(Source: Canadian Council on Learning )
Learning Cities: Optimizing Economic and Social Well-being through Lifelong Learning for AllCanadian cities—now home to 80% of Canada’s citizens—offer economic, educational and cultural opportunities, but also face problems related to equity, maintenance of social cohesion, and civic engagement. Pioneered in Europe and Australia, the creation of “Learning Cities” recognizes that optimal social and financial well-being occurs under conditions that favour lifelong learning for all.
(Source: Canadian Council on Learning)
Aboriginal learners can make unique contributions to fields of science and technologyThis report from the Canadian Council on Learning notes that aboriginal people in Canada are sharply under-represented in science and engineering occupations. More can – and must – be done to increase the relevance of learning and engagement of Aboriginal students in science and technology. Choosing careers in science and technology will benefit Aboriginal students directly through employment, but more importantly they can make a tremendous contribution to Canada.
Creating the Learners Society NeedsThe workplace of the 21st century requires certain skills that employers find are in short supply. Recent research suggests that a learning strategy called knowledge building can help students acquire and develop these skills.
(Source: Canadian Council on Learning)
Composite Learning Index: Helping communities improve their quality of lifeThe Composite Learning Index is a practical measurement tool that can help Canadians identify their community’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to fostering the best possible environment for lifelong learning. The CLI results offer community leaders and decision-makers a unique and valuable opportunity to help shape how their community can achieve the economic and social benefits that come from lifelong learning.
(Source: Canadian Council on Learning,published in both English and French)
Redefining Knowledge for the Post-industrial AgeJane Gilbert discusses the modern knowledge-based society and and explores the meaning of ‘knowledge’ in our current context. Gilbert also explores the history of thinking about education and how and why these ideas need to change.Read the article by clicking on the live link to the Canadian Education Association website, below.
Jane Gilbert, formerly a secondary teacher, is a chief researcher with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Report: Canadian trends in the integration of ICT for learning K-12This paper describes aspects of the current context of education policy in Canada, selected trends in the integration of information and communications technologies (ICT) for learning in the kindergarten to grade 12 education systems and offers observations about emerging visions of effective ICT integration. The ideas presented represent a synthesis of information reviewed in research reports, policy papers, selected seminars and surveys.
(Source: Canadian Education Association)
education for today and tomorrowThere’s no question that the world is a very different place than it was when public schooling became a common practice in North America. In fact, the rate of change itself has accelerated dramatically during this time frame.
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