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Ra, S and Jagannathan, S and Maclean, R, Overview, Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., S Ra, S Jagannathan and R Maclean (ed), Singapore, pp. 3-13. ISBN 978-981-16-0982-4 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-16-0983-1_1


The world is experiencing profound and wide-ranging change, due to a transition to, and impact of, the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) with its associated demands, new and emerging technologies, increasing focus on green growth, including challenges associated with climate change, urbanization, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. These changes have created major disruptions to the economic and social environment in many countries worldwide, which have important implications for education and schooling, and for the advancement of learning societies. This is no doubt an age of disruption. This introductory chapter provides an overview of six key themes covered in this volume. Using an evidence-based approach, this chapter describes the six parts of the volume that explore implications of these disruptions on education at all levels, and on advancement of learning societies. The book also outlines key issues, concerns, and prospects confronting education and training, and the challenges faced by countries, regardless of their level of economic or social development. An area of special emphasis is the disruptive impact of COVID-19 on powering learning societies.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:age of disruption, lifelong learning, re-engineering education for change, climate change, artificial intelligence, fourth industrial revolution Industry 4.0, COVID-19 global health pandemic, global warming, learning societies, green growth learning
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Maclean, R (Associate Professor Rupert Maclean)
ID Code:146371
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-09-02
Last Modified:2021-10-13
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