Globally, new curricula have a major impact on publishers. In the USA, schools are trying to keep up with the pace of knowledge by changing their curriculums. Likewise, in Europe, governments are changing school curriculums in an attempt to stay ahead too. Hence, the types of materials that publishers produce today will be drastically different in the next 10 years. In this post, we’ll reveal how changing global curriculums will affect publishers.
Why education needs to change with technology
The demand for knowledge is increasing across the world due to new technologies. Many of the jobs that exist today won’t exist in 10 years, so today’s students need to learn how to think quickly and adapt to an ever-changing knowledge landscape.
Thanks to Buckminster Fuller’s 1980s theory of knowledge doubling, in essence, this theory hypothesizes that human “knowledge” builds on itself, the amount of information we gain will follow an exponential curve.
Human progression in relation to technology over the last 60 years is an excellent illustration of knowledge doubling. Upon discovering how to build the first computer, technologists could then develop ways to make the process of consuming knowledge faster and less expensive. The internet has increased the speed of digesting knowledge by connecting minds all over the world with the push of a button.
As a result, one of the most significant skills that students need to gain in the 21st century is the ability to learn and adapt to new problems that arise. Without adapting quickly, students won’t be able to keep up in the future. Many skills that we teach today will no longer be applicable or relevant in the next 10 years.
School districts in the United States are reacting to these changes by building new curricula in an attempt to prepare learners for the 21st century. Modern classrooms now focus on holistic learning discovery methods and less on standardized testing and top-down approaches.
What the new educational curriculum looks like in practice
A great example of a country that is embracing this new educational approach is the Finnish school system. In 2016, the country made the bold move to move away from a silo-model of learning to topic-based learning. In this new model, students learn about different topics, such as migration in Europe and apply different skills to that lesson (such as Math or Science).
Singapore is also well-regarded for its changing educational system. The system is focused more on building student confidence rather than meeting a specific standard for rote memorization. The “desired outcomes” for students educated in Singapore include confidence, ability to self-direct learning and civic consciousness.
There are two common themes in both of these educational systems. First, both are approaching education from a more interdisciplinary perspective. Both countries are ranked in the top 5 countries for science literacy noted the 2015 PISA report. Both are approaching education as a way to build thinking skills in students, not ways to teach them memorization. These new curricula designs emphasize self-teaching and learning. The ultimate goal is to give students the ability to teach themselves the skills that they will need in an ever-evolving landscape.
These two countries are well-known trailblazers in the education world, particularly when it comes to the adoption of technology in the classroom. More school systems are likely to follow these education leaders’ model and adopt curricula that focus on building student learning skills.
What do changing educational curricula mean for publishers?
Publishers should be aware of the shifting curricula because it will directly affect their business. School curricula are slowly becoming less centralized around different themes and more holistic. Schools and governing bodies are increasingly focused on student engagement and exploration rather than the benchmarks that students have to reach on standardized tests.
Publishers should pay close attention to this shift because there will be an increased demand for different types of textbooks. New subjects are bound to emerge as education becomes more interdisciplinary than previous generations.
One way educational publishers can prepare for these curriculum changes is to build an organized content library. With organized content, libraries become more accessible and manageable, making them easier for authors or content managers to use in the future.
The best way to get an organized content library is by automating the process of metadata-tagging your content through the power of artificial intelligence. At EDIA, our artificial intelligence 360AI solution is built specifically for educational publishers to help prepare their content for the future of education.
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