Future schools and innovation

Effective school leaders consciously support innovation and keep a focus on education’s ever-changing landscape as it moves into the future.

New Zealand articles and resources

Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching - a New Zealand perspective

This 2012 research report draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Education to support its programme of work to develop a vision of what future-oriented education could look like for New Zealand learners.

Shifting to 21st century thinking

This website from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) provides ideas, tools, and resources for helping people make the shift to 21st century ways of thinking about learning. The term ’21st century learning’ is a kind of shorthand for what needs to be different in schools if young people are to be well prepared for life in the Knowledge Age.

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Other resources

Karmel oration: On with the 21st century

by Neil Selwyn, Monash University

Describes some of the changes that are likely to impact education during the 2020s – that is, in the near future.

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Technology, the new pedagogy and flipped teaching

by Michael Fullan

In this 2014 video, Michael Fullan talks about whether technology can deepen the quality of learning. He agrees that it can but that it depends on the teaching.

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Schools of the future: Professor Stephen Heppell

This series of engaging videos presents the views of Professor Stephen Heppell on the future of learning, schools and what it means to be a 21st century learner.

The school of the future: key issues for school leaders

by David Bennett

This article looks at the challenges that leaders of schools in the future may need to face, together with five sets of leadership qualities to meet them.

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Schooling for tomorrow: OECD scenarios

Describes six scenarios for schooling in the future, up to 2020, clustered into three categories: attempting to maintain the status quo, re-schooling, and de-schooling.

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