April 11, 2017
Senior Director of Strategic Foresight Katherine Prince explored possibilities for the education landscape in 2042 in a recent issue of SEEN Magazine.

Thinking toward 2042 to shape learning today

Imagining the future can be difficult when considering what life could be like in a couple months, year or five years.

What could life possibly look like in 2042?

KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of Strategic Foresight Katherine Prince explored possibilities for the education landscape in 2042 in a recent issue of SEEN Magazine. In the article, she discusses some signals of change and four possibilities for how big economic and social questions could impact the classroom.

While the future seems far away, we can start to shape what learning will look like with these starting points:

  1. Re-tool schedules and responsibilities to enable educators to focus more fully on educating the whole person.“Focusing on social-emotional learning and metacognition promises to provide people with foundational skills for lifelong, on-demand learning and more specific skill acquisition.”
  2. Give learners opportunities to practice academic and non-academic skills in real contexts.“By 2042, school formats could be more fluid, relying less on fixed administrative structures and more on network- and relationship-based structures that reflect learners’ needs, interests and goals.”
  3. Find ways to connect learners’ individual needs, interests and goals with community needs“Education could support learners in developing innovators and problem solvers who actively shape the world around them during their studies.”
  4. Create incentives and opportunities for learners to participate in authentic and meaningful work beyond school walls – and finding ways to measure its impact.“What if school social impact scores became critical metrics for attracting funding, partnerships and community engagement?”
  5. Design for equity, with a focus on considering how well those changes might work for traditionally underserved learners, including those learners in decision making, and genuinely engaging diverse stakeholders.“Algorithms; artificial intelligence; and augmented, virtual and mixed realities could help tailor school structures and match learners with educators and learning experiences that best support their learning.”
  6. Look beyond graduation day to help broaden definitions of success and prepare learners for the future.“The changes on the horizon for work will require us to redefine our current notions of college and career readiness.”

What signals of change might impact lives for students and educators? Check out the full article for more insight.

Download Shaping the Future of Learning: A Strategy Guide to explore the five foundational issues facing education and review suggested strategies for responding to them, with spotlights on K-12 school-based education, informal and community-based learning, and higher education.Download Shaping the Future of Learning: A Strategy Guide to explore the five foundational issues facing education and review suggested strategies for responding to them, with spotlights on K-12 school-based education, informal and community-based learning, and higher education.

Mary Kenkel

Written by: Mary Kenkel

Mary Kenkel serves as the KnowledgeWorks Senior PR Specialist.

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