Impact of Population, Politics, Technology and the Environment on Young People in Education

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    Dean's Lecture

    Period23 Jul 2013

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    • TitleImpact of Population, Politics, Technology and the Environment on Young People in Education
      Degree of recognitionLocal
      Media name/outletMonash University Faculty of Education
      Media typeWeb
      DescriptionThe Dean's Lecture: This presentation will provide an overview of the trends and tensions confronting young people in response to four key drivers of change in the 21st century: the changing makeup of the population, young people's attitudes to politics, their changing use of technology and environmental change. It will outline how these are driving transformations which require a rethink of education and participation in contemporary life.

      Some of the questions discussed include:

      With the number of young people as a proportion of the population shrinking and the proportion of Australians over 65 years expected to increase from 13% to 25% by 2056, what are the implications for students today? And where 7 in 10 school students experience racism, what does this say about how Australia is developing as an inherently culturally diverse society?
      Concerns for the world's environment consistently rates amongst the top five issues of importance to young people. But are we listening?
      Young people expect information and communication technology to be accessible throughout their daily lives. It is breaking down distinctions between public and private while igniting new forms of engagement with the big issues of our time. To what extent are schools responding to the rapid changes resulting from technology?
      In terms of making change to address these challenges, a recent poll found that only 23% hold the view that the kind of government we have does not matter to them. What are the implications of this?
      The overarching question is: what role does education play in addressing these issues?
      PersonsLucas Walsh