Educational Trends

01 Sep

Trends in Pre-Primary & Primary education:

  • Over the five years through 2012-13, industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 0.4%, to £4.34 billion. In 2012-13, the industry revenue growth is forecast to be relatively stronger at 2.9%(source: IBIS World report)
  • The perceived worth of pre-primary education services has been bolstered in recent years by studies showing the high value of early years education in the learning development of children. Demand for, and funding of, pre-primary education services is therefore assured(source: IBIS World report)
  • The line between nursery education and childcare services has begun to blur as many providers now offer a range of services that span both industries(source: IBIS World report)
  • Primary school services are largely state provided; 96% of primary school pupils attend maintained schools, which includes attendance in academies or free schools. Preparatory schools enrol the remaining pupils, estimated to be approximately 198,300 children. About 433,921 people are employed in primary education, at a cost of £16 billion in wages(source: IBIS World report)
  • Schools in any given location are limited by the size of the resident school-aged population and there are limited benefits to increased size. Small and medium-sized schools are believed to deliver a better education, as they can create an atmosphere of community and students tend to have better access to their teachers in smaller schools(source: IBIS World report)
  • Participation in pre-primary education translates into better learning outcomes once pupils enter primary school and move on to higher levels of education. A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),found that in practically all countries “15-year-old students who have attended some pre-primary school outperformed students who had not” on the reading portion of the 2009 Programme for International Study Assessment (PISA) that was administered to students in 65 countries
  • Gender parity is strong in the area of pre-primary education. The reason being, In developing countries, it is the wealthier and better educated families who enrol their children in pre-primary schools, and such families are more inclined to value schooling for both boys and girls. Such is certainly the case in situations where pre-school involves costs to the families. (a report from UNESCO)
  • Progress in Universal Primary Education(UPE) has been especially strong over the last decade, when a growing number of countries have achieved UPE. Girls’ enrolment has been increasing at a faster rate than that of boys, which has helped to close the gender gap at the primary level
  • Educational facilities will be designed to address the latest findings about when and where students learn best. To minimize changes and counteract this, schools districts are altering grade configurations. Some districts are creating K-8 schools or even considering housing all grades in a K–12 school

 Trends in Higher Education:

(Source: Unesdoc- Unesco)
  • Quality assurance in higher education has risen to the top of the policy agenda in many nations. Postsecondary education are preparing graduates with new skills, a broad knowledge base and a OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes project, launched in 2006, focuses on interaction between student and faculty, career expectations, completion and success in finding a job range of competencies to enter a more complex and interdependent world
  • The pattern of “brain drain” from the developing world has changed to some extent. Academics who leave their home countries now maintain more contact with their countries of origin and, from abroad, work collaboratively with home country colleagues
  • The academic labor market has increasingly globalized, with many thousands of academics crossing borders for appointments at all levels
  • Research universities are at the pinnacle of the academic system and directly involved in the global knowledge network. Government support to university-based research increasing in coming years to encourage research in such fields as biotechnology and information science
  • Traditional university being rendered obsolete by information technology, distance education, and other technology-induced innovation. The open educational resources movement picking up significant momentum, providing free access to courses, curricula and pedagogical approaches not available locally
  • Distance education represents an area of enormous potential for higher education systems around the world struggling to meet the needs of growing and changing student populations. It is extremely difficult to calculate the numbers of students engaged in distance education worldwide but the existence of nearly 24 mega-universities, a number of which boast over one million students, speaks to a quantitatively significant phenomenon.
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