Educational Futures Across Generations: conversations about the future of education in global and local contexts

Professor Julian Sefton-Green

In the framework of the global consultation of UNESCO's Futures of Education initiative, the Center for Research for Educational Impact (REDI) at Deakin University and the Department of Education at the University of Oslo sparked reflections and discussions through the launch of an e-Platform called Educational Futures Across Generations.

The aim of the project was to bring together various perspectives on the future of education and the way the pandemic has and continues to impact education and learning. It seeks to broaden and deepen understandings and conversations about the future of education in both a global and local context.

Scholars from across the globe were invited to submit video responses for up to three questions prescribed by the research team. The consensus from the submissions so far is that education and learning systems need to adjust to meet significant social and cultural change, especially:

  • how teachers and students access and use technology;

  • in response to the disruption to face-to-face teaching

  • the decline in civic responsibility of schools

  • the everyday commonplace of virtual communities and digital learning.

The website is still evolving with new contributions, and the community of video statements is intended to expand so as to include new stakeholder groups such as teachers and principals in different countries. Learn more about this initiative by consulting the project report written by Professor Julian Sefton-Green, Deakin University, Professor Ola Erstad, University of Oslo and Dr Pariece Nelligan, Deakin University.

Contact

UNESCO Headquarters

7 Place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris, France

Division of the Future of Learning and Innovation

futuresofeducation@unesco.org

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