ERIC Number: ED404207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Learning for the Twenty-First Century. International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century.
Papadopoulos, George S.
In any international discussion about the future of education, a first requirement is to reach consensus on the general principles and objectives that should guide future educational policy thinking and practice. The starting point must be recognition of the universality of human needs and aspirations to which education everywhere should be directed, accompanied by equal recognition of the main contextual factors and forces that influence these directions and their applicability, according to the particularities of different regional and national situations. The purpose of this paper is to make a contribution to such a discussion. Against the background of broader social, economic, and cultural trends and needs it endeavors to: (1) identify the main objectives and problems that will confront future education policies; (2) outline strategic approaches to the redefinition of such policies; and (3) suggest specific areas and issues in educational policy thinking and in the organization and practice of education that can contribute to the realization of these policies. In doing this, the paper draws heavily on the experience of the advanced industrialized countries. While this experience may not be seen as immediately relevant to other, less developed regions in the world, the experiences of one group of countries can provide both positive and negative lessons from which others can benefit when the concern is with long term policy rather than the operational dimensions of the problems discussed. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
Note: For related papers, see SO 024 394-407 and SO 024 448-454.