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Think Scenarios, Rethink Education

Schooling for Tomorrow

Think Scenarios, Rethink Education by OECD Publishing
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What happens in education today will affect the lives of individuals and the health of whole communities for decades to come. Yet educational decision-making is mostly about dealing with pressing immediate issues or seeking more efficient ways of maintaining established practice, rather than about shaping the long term. How to redress the balance? Scenario methods offer one highly promising answer.

This latest volume in the Schooling for Tomorrow series goes beyond the OECD’s own set of educational futures already published. It discusses how to develop scenarios and use them to address the challenges confronting policy and practice. Its chapters give both authoritative scholarly overviews and very practical lessons to be applied, including from Jay Ogilvy, a prominent exponent of scenario thinking for the business world, and school change expert Michael Fullan. Educational readers will benefit from the detailed coverage of scenario approaches from other sectors. They will be able to relate to examples of educational “futures thinking in action” initiatives in England, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Ontario, Canada. These initiatives, with OECD active involvement, have brought together leading stakeholders in fresh ways to inject long-term thinking into educational agendas.

This book is relevant for the many – policy makers, school leaders and teachers – concerned with the long-term future of education.


Schooling for Tomorrow: What Schools for the Future?

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; April 2006
204 pages; ISBN 9789264023642
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Title: Think Scenarios, Rethink Education
Author: OECD Publishing