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Books about the future of Education & Learning

. Books about the future of Education & Learning


Transformative Learning: Educational Vision for the 21st Century

by Edmund O'Sullivan

"An inspiring and innovative alternative vision for education in the new millennium."
"Invaluable material for researchers and practitioners in education, philosophy and development."


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Total Leaders: Applying the Best Future Focused Change Strategies to Education
by Chuck J. Schwahn, William G. Spady

Total Leaders puts the minds of the most respected futurist, leadership, and change authorities to work for you in one simple yet dynamic leadership model that will help you strengthen your insights, performance, and effectiveness. The authors, a former superintendent and a national reform leader, spent the past 15 years individually reading and collectively synthesizing more than 100 of the leading futurist and leadership theory books, and relating their findings to the realities of educational leadership today. This book is for you if you: are familiar with all the current leadership theory and would like to have it all put together in one practical model; haven't read much leadership research for some time and would like to catch up on it in an effective and efficient way; want proven strategies for dealing with a challenge to change your organization; are responsible for recruiting and evaluating educational leaders; or want to analyze your leadership performance and plan for future professional growth based upon what works.

Educating Knowledge Workers for Corporate Leadership: Learning into the Future (Educational Innovation in Economics and Business, Vol. 7)
by Ann Bentzen-Bilkvist (Editor), Wim H. Gijselaers (Editor), Richard G. Milter (Editor)

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Innovation, Competence Building and Social Cohesion in Europe: Towards a Learning Society
by Pedro Conceicao (Editor), Manuel V. Heitor (Editor), Bengt-Ake Lundvall (Editor)

It is almost universally accepted that we are moving increasingly towards an information society, where knowledge and learning are the new currency of power. This book seeks to challenge this axiom by looking in more detail at the subtle relationships between knowledge and social development. The editors are at pains to differentiate the process of knowledge creation from the simple accumulation of knowledge.

The original contributions within this book are aimed at capturing new socio-economic trends and finding policy strategies promoting the learning society in Europe through joint efforts and integrated actions on innovation, competence building and social cohesion.

Innovation, Competence Building and Social Cohesion in Europe will be of special interest to researchers and scholars of science and innovation and technical change. Its policy recommendations will ensure that the book will also appeal to social scientists of education policy.

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Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity (Professional Learning)
by Andy Hargreaves


We are living in a defining moment, when the world in which teachers do their work is changing profoundly. In his latest book, Hargreaves proposes that we have a one-time chance to reshape the future of teaching and schooling and that we should seize this historic opportunity. Hargreaves sets out what it means to teach in the new knowledge society - to prepare young people for a world of creativity and flexibility and to protect them against the threats of mounting insecurity. He provides inspiring examples of schools that operate as creative and caring learning communities and shows how years of "soulless standardization" have seriously undermined similar attempts made by many non-affluent schools. Hargreaves takes us beyond the dead-ends of standardization and divisiveness to a future in which all teaching can be a high-skill, creative, life-shaping mission because "the knowledge society requires nothing less." This major commentary on the state of today's teaching profession in a knowledge-driven world is theoretically original and strategically powerful -- a practical, inspiring, and challenging guide to rethinking the work of teaching.

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Experience And Education
by John Dewey

In this book Dewey seeks seeks to move beyond dualities such as progressive / traditional - and to outline a philosophy of experience and its relation to education.
John Dewey (1859 - 1952) has made, arguably, the most significant contribution to the development of educational thinking in the twentieth century. Dewey's philosophical pragmatism, concern with interaction, reflection and experience, and interest in community and democracy, were brought together to form a highly suggestive educative form. John Deweyis often misrepresented - and wrongly associated with child-centred education. In many respects his work cannot be easily slotted into any one of the curriculum traditions that have dominated north American and UK schooling traditions over the last century. However, John Dewey's influence can be seen in many of the writers that have influenced the development of informal education over the same period. For example, Coyle, Kolb, Lindeman and Rogers drew extensively on his work.
John Dewey's significance for informal educators lays in a number of areas. First, his belief that education must engage with and enlarge experience has continued to be a significant strand in informal education practice. Second, and linked to this, Dewey's exploration of thinking and reflection - and the associated role of educators - has continued to be an inspiration. We can see it at work, for example, in the models developed by writers such as David Boud and Donald Schön. Third, his concern with interaction and environments for learning provide a continuing framework for practice. Last, his passion for democracy, for educating so that all may share in a common life, provides a strong rationale for practice in the associational settings in which informal educators work.

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Simulations and the Future of Learning : An Innovative (and Perhaps Revolutionary) Approach to e-Learning
by Clark Aldrich

Simulations and the Future of Learning offers trainers and educators the information and perspective they need to understand, design, build, and deploy computer simulations for this generation. Looking back on his recent first-hand experience as lead designer for an advanced leadership development simulation, author Clark Aldrich has created a detailed case study of the creation and deployment of an e-learning simulation that had the development cycle of a modern computer game. With this book Aldrich, a leader in the e-learning field, has created an intriguing roadmap for the future of learning while taking us along on an entertaining rollercoaster ride of trial and error, success and failure. Simulations and the Future of Learning outlines the design principles and critical decisions around any simulation's components - the interface, the physics and animation systems, the artificial intelligence, and sets and figures. Using this accessible resource, readers will learn how to create and evaluate successful simulations that have the following characteristics: authentic and relevant scenarios; applied pressure situations that tap user's emotion and force them to act; a sense of unrestricted options; and replayability.

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Technology-Rich Learning Environments: A Future Perspective
by Myint Swe Khine (Editor), Darrell Fisher (Editor)

The proliferation of information and communication technology tools in recent years has led many educators to revise the way they teach and structure their learning environments. The growth of technology applications in teaching and training is not only gaining momentum, it is becoming a significant part of today's educational scene.

This book presents research and case studies to explain how these technology-rich learning environments can be structured and positive results can be achieved. The authors, based on their extensive research data present the pedagogical and organizational implications of technology-rich learning environments and, more importantly, they provide practical models, ideas and exemplars for educators to actualize the full potential of technology in the future.

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Curriculum of the Future : From the New Sociology of Education to a Critical Theory of Learning
by Michael F. D. Young

In this important new book the author looks back on the 'knowing question'. What knowledge is selected to be validated as school knowledge, or as part of the curriculum, and why is it selected? Looking forward to the next decade, Young discusses how most developed countries have high levels of participation in post-compulsory education but still use curricula designed for a time when only the elite pursued further education. He argues the need to rethink post-16 education to shift focus onto vocational education, schoolwork issues and lifelong learning.

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Zero Space: Moving Beyond Organizational Limits
Frank Lekanne Deprez & René Tissen

Zero Space is both a thought-provoking argument for truly open organizations - occupying the ephemeral region of their title - and a practical manual for developing them. Lekanne Deprez and Tissen, Amsterdam-based consultants who have separately and together written five previous books, are certainly not the first to suggest that intangibles like knowledge are far more relevant today than tangibles like machinery in the creation of corporate value. They do, though, give fresh insight into the type of company that successfully incorporates these 21st-century assets, and they propose a feasible framework others can use to tear away from traditional, but counterproductive, thinking and create the "all brain, no body" organization that truly meets ongoing challenges. In part 1, the authors discuss why their defining concept of "zero-mindedness" has become so critical. In part 2, they examine it in contexts that corporations will actually confront, such as time (dealing with sped-up consumer demands and business relationships), technology (making it so ubiquitous it is taken for granted), and alliances (forging the proper ones with customers, suppliers, and even competitors). In the final part, Lekanne Deprez and Tissen leave the theorizing behind to offer concrete suggestions for utilizing their ideas in the real world. - Howard Rothman
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