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ERIC Number: ED444796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Pages: 7
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Redefining Learning for the Next Generation.
Bayliss, Valerie
This paper outlines research findings about the future of work in the United Kingdom and discusses the implications for the future of education. A 2-year study sponsored by the Royal Society of the Arts predicts that in the next 20 years, conventional full-time, permanent jobs will almost disappear; flexible working, in every sense, will be the norm; and the great revolution of flexibility will blur the boundaries between work and the rest of life. Globalization and technology are changing the way that businesses and work are organized and managed. As work and life are redefining themselves, learning must be redefined also. The aims and organization of schools are still educating people for the Victorian economy and society. A curriculum that focuses on drilling large quantities of information into students' heads is useless when information is expanding exponentially. A curriculum for 2020 must focus not on acquisition of knowledge, but on development of competencies, defined as abilities to understand and to do. Next, the education system must take seriously the fact that people are different and learn in different ways. At present, there is little understanding or respect for different ways of learning; work-based learning is considered a second-class option, while experiential activities are often viewed as a treat or an add-on. In addition, the education system must recognize that learning occurs in places other than schools, that fully integrating information technologies into the delivery of education would turn the community into a learning resource. (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom