Education problem: New Trends

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Literature review: New Trends problem for Education

This “Ten Problems for Education in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. funding, 
  2. safety,
  3. technology,
  4. standardization,
  5. teachers,
  6. lifelong learning,
  7. diversity,
  8. creativity,
  9. accreditation,
  10. new trends.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

10 New Trends

THE PROBLEM — New trends do not always mirror respectfulness and the education field makes no exception. One undeniable common factor is the changing information and media environment for knowledge, education, and freedom of inquiry.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — The ageism challenge affects most of the world but rigidity in defining generations should be avoided. Technology development accelerates teaching, which implies a faster and faster way of transferring knowledge, skills and competences. We need to welcome a new generation of scholars that is committed to tackling the most pressing societal problems of our day. Modern systems do not prepare people, especially those with disabilities, to enter into adult life adequately. Non-cognitive competences, resilience, creativity, and active citizenship are very important in dynamic, multicultural, and interconnected societies. Unlike other traditional school subjects, digital competence is not only addressed as a topic in its own right, but also as a transversal key competence. School subject competitions provide an alternative form of teaching subject matter and skills, develop 21st century skills and enhance excellent students’ learning. Students’ intention to adopt technology is substantial in explaining the adoption of online classes, combining the classroom model with the e-learning model to create a cohesive learning system. The rapid changes brought by the development of communication technologies cannot be predicted and therefore the questions of how to educate and what to educate is becoming a big issue of various discussions. Internet use-related addiction problems are on the up during present pandemic times of mobility restrictions and more online time consumption.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Education in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

booklet updated on 26 Jan 2021, now on sale as version 1.1