Science, Technology, Innovation, and Economics in a Digital World

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Drawing on a wealth of theoretical and empirical work, Education in a Digital World tackles a number of pressing questions, such as, how are ‘global’ trends in educational technology refracted through national policies and processes? How exactly are educational technologies linked to issues of global economics and the fortunes of national and international economies? To what extent are digital technologies implicated in the commercialisation, marketization and commodification of education?

The Digital Age and EducationThe Changing Role of Technology

Topics related to education are often portrayed as a dichotomous issue between a ‘technology based’ or ‘digital’ approach and a ‘humanistic’ or ‘traditional’ approach. While educational technologists, education scholars and educators of education in developed countries have written extensively on the economic and political importance of technologies in education, how these debates are played out in developing countries remains largely under-researched. Moreover, although studies show that there are clearly some challenges associated with providing education in the developing world, it remains unclear how much they are related to the types of technologies used in education.

The Microfoundations of the Digital Age Educational Revolution

As the digital age unfolds, the capabilities and capabilities to match the new knowledge-based economy has started to be felt. But how are the particular localised contexts of education defined by differences in education systems and the educational practices embedded in the learning experience? The globalisation of educational research and knowledge production A new form of globalisation now sets in: a globalisation that enables researchers, educators and policy-makers to examine how education systems respond to global challenges, develop innovative approaches and introduce pedagogies that improve the learning experiences and learning outcomes.

Digital Technologies and the Future of Education

Drawing on innovative research work in a number of interdisciplinary disciplines, Education in a Digital World addresses the concrete effects that digital technologies have on education. Examining research ranging from the impact of technology on education and learning to the commercial and organisational strategies of education technology providers, the book provides a rich and integrated picture of the immediate, structural and cultural effects that digital technologies have on education.

The Changing Economics of Education in a Digital World

As a result of developments in educational technology, modern educational institutions are transforming to meet rapidly evolving requirements. At the same time, educational institutions are seeking to open up new markets, expand to other areas of the world and offer new forms of online education that are well suited to emerging global markets. Is it possible to describe these trends in the changing patterns of economic exchange between schools and the educational technology-driven industries? Are there aspects of the new arrangements that are positive and beneficial for students? Education for an Academic Age What does it mean to be educated today?

Conclusion

Governments, schools and educators are navigating how they can better navigate the profound shifts in the relationship between education and global politics and economics. This is very much a question for today, but also for tomorrow and the day after. It will inform our response to what must surely become a new set of global challenges for education and society as a whole. This book shows how education in a digital world is being discussed, debated and analysed, and provides a welcome window on this. Dame Anne Owers, Chief Inspector of Examinations, England and Wales The ‘think’ in digital thinking This book has provided new insights into the teaching and learning of ‘global thinking’ and critical thinking.

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