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Mapping Major Changes to Education and Training in 2025

  • Authors: Slavi Stoyanov, Bert Hoogveld and Paul Kirschner
    Editors:Christine Redecker and Yves Punie
  • EUR Number: Technical Note JRC59079
  • Publication date: 6/2010


This report presents the findings of a structured and targeted expert consultation exercise which aimed to identify, cluster and rate the main changes in education and training expected to occur over the course of the next 20 years. The exercise employed the group concept mapping methodology to generate, sort and rate more than 200 statements by a group of 13 experts.
The emerging map of future changes to education and training can be divided into a set of 12 thematic clusters, ranging from technological changes over globalisation to changing pedagogical concepts. Anticipated changes that rate particularly high in importance according to experts include learner-centred, flexible and personalised approaches to learning; the integration of learning into life and work; and the development and implementation of innovative pedagogical concepts. When comparing the cluster ratings on importance and feasibility, it becomes clear that, while experts are optimistic concerning the development of technology enhanced learning opportunities, scepticism prevails concerning the feasibility of implementing learner-centred approaches in formal education and, in general, the ability of formal education systems and institutions to keep pace with change and become more flexible and dynamic.

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