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ERIC Number: ED417232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-17
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Next Generation of Schools: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Present and Leading for the Future.
Townsend, Tony
A look at changes in education and society between 1984 and 1997 in Victoria (Australia) makes possible some predictions about Victoria's educational system in 2010. A look at the past suggests that Australia is moving toward a third world economy that would see many Australians marginalized. An alternative to avoid this situation is to focus less on the production and selling of goods, and more on the production and dissemination of knowledge. Victoria has been the state to suffer the most from recent educational funding reductions over the past few years. At the same time, the Victorian state government has shown a commitment to educational change that has not been surpassed by any Australian state through its "Schools for the Future" program. In light of these contradictions, many people advocate further changes for the Victorian system, but it seems probable that the government could work with teachers and principals to encourage the acceptance of current reforms before looking for additional change. Evidence suggests that in the future technology will continue to change, government funding will continue to be a problem, and the social and employment needs of students will also continue to change. Being prepared for the future poses serious challenges for educators in Victoria. An appendix contains some scenarios for the year 2000 submitted to the State College of Victoria in response to their "Teacher Education Inquiry." (Contains 3 figures, 17 tables, and 91 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia