Having examined current trends, this section scans the further horizon to consider possible future requirements for literacy, competence and learning. The resources reviewed here took different approaches to future thinking, and had different remits in terms of scope and coverage. While much of the work of these projects has been speculative, this review is limited to the trends identified as significant for future thinking by at least two studies.
For each trend identified as of interest to this review, possible implications for learners’ skills, literacies and dispositions are explored. This section, and the interpretations made of source documents, is intentionally speculative.
Resources reviewed for this section:
- Challenge summaries from Beyond Current Horizons (2008/09, UK, all sectors, lookahead 2025)
- Educause Connect report 2008 (2008, US/global, all sectors, lookahead 5+ years)
- Reports from the Open University’s ‘Open Thinking on HE’ (2008, UK, HE, look ahead 10 years)
- OECD Schooling Scenarios (2008, international, schools, lookahead 2020)
- Learning2.0: The Impact of Web2.0 Innovation on Education and Training in Europe (2008, Europe, all sectors + training, lookahead unclear)
- e-Skills UK Technology Counts: IT and telecoms insights (2008, UK, FE/HE/employment, lookahead 3-5 years