ERIC Number: ED433612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Future Trends Affecting Education.
Good, Dixie Griffin
This paper examines various trends and explores how they may affect education. Six specific trends are explored: (1) education trends, in which competition among schools for students, educators, and funds is increasing, calls for education accountability are increasing at all levels, and the demand for education professionals is rising; (2) demographic trends, in which minority students are beginning to form the student majority, school segregation is increasing, disproportionate numbers of children and women are filling the ranks of the poor, and the number of senior citizens is growing; (3) technological trends, in which investments in technology infrastructure and equipment for schools are expanding, transforming what happens in the classroom; (4) economic trends, in which wealth is becoming concentrated in a shrinking elite and the demand for technically skilled workers is high; (5) political trends, in which the call for public accountability is increasing, term limits on governors and state legislators are growing more common, unions are seeking new ways to be effective, the federal government is continuing to devolve power, and distrust of the federal government is rising; and (6) social trends, in which consumer behavior is becoming driven by the desire to self-differentiate and more Americans are espousing the principles of simplicity and community. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, School Administration, School Policy, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.