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Looking globally: the future of education
Looking globally: the future of education

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3 Summary

In this week you have thought about demographic changes and why they are happening. You have also considered the effect such changes will have on education and the sort of challenges that young people today may have to be ready to face. Perhaps technology will begin to offer some ways to offset the problems that you have identified so far?

Week 5 will support you in thinking about how our third key global issue, technology, will affect education in the future and may require those of us who work within education to change our thinking.

Further reading

If you have found the issues discussed this week of particular interest, you may want to read further about what is being researched about refugee education. There has been particular attention paid to this in Australia and the following peer-reviewed academic paper is available through open access.

Reference: Matthews, J. (2008) ‘Schooling and settlement: refugee education in Australia’, International Studies in Sociology of Education, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 31–45 [Online]. Available at: doi/ abs/ 10.1080/ 09620210802195947 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Accessed 5 October 2017).

If you would like further access to published research, and support in critically reading and reviewing such work to inform your own re-visioning of the purposes of education, why not consider the Open University’s new postgraduate module EE830 Learning and teaching: educating the next generation, which ran for the first time in October 2018. In this module we will be evaluating the Matthews paper and others which examine how education needs to develop inclusive practices, acknowledging that children arriving in a country’s schools are not a homogeneous group.

If you are interested in signing up for this masters module, you can find more information at postgraduate/ qualifications/ f70. If you have general enquiries about registering on the programme please email contact or phone 0300 303 5303. If you have specific queries and would like to speak to a member of the academic team please email