A Global Framework for Shifting Learning Content and Experiences Towards the Needs of the Future

Updated: Jul 6, 2020

In this brief post, I would like to introduce an important report prepared by the World Economic Forum called Schools of the Future: Defining New Models of Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

To read the full report, please CLICK HERE.

The report summarized key findings to define high-quality learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution under a new global educational framework called Education 4.0: A Global Framework for Shifting Learning Content and Experiences Towards the Needs of the Future.

The key features of this new global educational framework are as follows:

1. Global citizenship skills: Include content that focuses on building awareness about the wider world, sustainability, and playing an active role in the global community.

2. Innovation and creativity skills: Include content that fosters skills required for innovation, including complex problem-solving, analytical thinking, creativity, and systems analysis.

3. Technology skills: Include content that is based on developing digital skills, including programming, digital responsibility, and the use of technology.

4. Interpersonal skills: Include content that focuses on interpersonal emotional intelligence, including empathy, cooperation, negotiation, leadership, and social awareness.

5. Personalized and self-paced learning: Move from a system where learning is standardized, to one based on the diverse individual needs of each learner, and flexible enough to enable each learner to progress at their own pace.

6. Accessible and inclusive learning: Move from a system where learning is confined to those with access to school buildings to one in which everyone has access to learning and is therefore inclusive.

7. Problem-based and collaborative learning: Move from process-based to project- and problem-based content delivery, requiring peer collaboration, and more closely mirroring the future of work.

8. Lifelong and student-driven learning: Move from a system where learning and skilling decrease over one’s lifespan to one where everyone continuously improves on existing skills and acquires new ones based on their individual needs.

The report also shares some exemplary practices from around the world based on Education 4.0 framework.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

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Dr. Kenan Sener is the founding Head of School at one of our nation’s most excellent independent schools, Fulton Science Academy Private School, with seven years of teaching and fifteen years of school administration experience. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University and is the first-ever recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award among all charter school principals in the State of Georgia in 2011. Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2016 STEM Education Award by Technology Association of Georgia. Furthermore, he was also recognized with the 2017 Spirit of Discovery and Imagination Award for Exceptional Service by Global Destination Imagination. Dr. Sener created the WHAT IS NEXT IN EDUCATION blog in 2020. Since then, the website has been thriving and has quickly gained a loyal following.

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