ERIC Number: ED255111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
"Megatrends" for Higher Education: Directions for the Future of College Teaching.
Schreier, James W.
Directions for college teaching were assessed, based on ratings of 10 "megatrends" identified by John Naisbitt. The study questionnaire summarized the 10 megatrends and provided scales for rating the probability of the trends occurring and their potential impact. Responses were obtained from Marquette University faculty of the College of Business Administration, business educators affiliated with the Association of Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, and training and development professionals of the American Society for Training and Development. Each study group estimated the probability of the trend occurring, using a scale of 0 to 100 percent. Using a six-point scale, respondents also rated the impact of each megatrend for their field (teaching business administration, training and development, and simulation and experiential learning). Naisbitt's megatrends involve shifts to: an information society, high technology and high touch (human response), a world economy, long-term planning, decentralization, self-help, participatory democracy, networking, North to South, and multiple options. Based on the survey responses, suggested impacts on training and higher education are identified for each megatrend, along with data showing agreement and disagreement for each megatrend. (SW)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, College Faculty, College Instruction, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Experiential Learning, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Job Training, Power Structure, Prediction, Professional Development, Simulation, Social Change, Teaching (Occupation), Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Regional Conference on College Teaching (1st, Las Cruces, NM, January 9-11, 1985).