ERIC Number: ED446360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pacific Megatrends in Education. PREL Briefing Paper.
Hammond, Ormond W.
Organizations can try to see into the future by identifying and describing megatrends--the large social, economic, political, and technological changes that have long-term effects. Recognizing the extensive benefits of considering future shifts and trends in the strategic planning process, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) recently carried out several activities designed to identify megatrends that will affect education in the Pacific region over the next 10 years. Through these efforts, PREL hopes to accomplish the following: provide a structure for planning, prepare for future opportunities, and "ride the wave rather than be tumbled by it." The first group that contributed to identifying Pacific megatrends was the Pacific Curriculum and Instruction Council, whose members include the chiefs of curriculum and instruction in all 10 Pacific entities served by PREL. Results showed a great deal of overlap and convergence between the different groups. The following descriptions or statements emerged: demand for educational accountability, the use of a reliance on technology, growing but still fragile economies, increased westernization but retention of culture and language, and increased need for teacher training, collaboration, and demographic shifts. (DFR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Cooperation, Demography, Economic Factors, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Planning, Public Schools, Teacher Improvement, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Web Site: http://www.prel.org/products/Products/Pacific-megatrends.pdf
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.