Considering the world of today, the students of tomorrow and the endless opportunities that digital disruption and the resulting innovation bring to all spheres of our lives, a complete overhaul of education and the types of teaching and learning taking place in any classroom has to happen. This is called future-oriented education.
Futures-oriented education is best described as an emerging set of ideas, beliefs, theories and practices drawn from many sources, inside and outside of education, which are mobilized from different ways to support different goals.
To solve this problem, we have identified four distinct academic pillars that encompass their overall academic purpose and framework. The main driver is focused on identifying how we empower our graduates to be ready for the future. These pillars include focusing on education that locally and globally relevant in the context of an interconnected world; define and develop looking to the future skill sets required by our students; increasing student agency foster students’ voice, choice and autonomy in learning; and finally identify personalized learning opportunities that will strengthen and celebrate each student’s learning journeys.
So what does future-oriented learning look like?
Future-oriented learning prepares our students in all curriculum areas and stages of learning with skills and abilities to thrive in a rapidly changing and interconnected world. It connects our students and engages their sense of curiosity, helping them make sense of the world around them.
Future-oriented skills involve more than the acquisition of knowledge and skills; it involves the mobilization of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values ââto meet the complex demands of the world of tomorrow.
Future-oriented learning empowers students to take ownership of their learning by providing a flexible, innovative and stimulating environment that will foster students capable of making informed decisions, now and in the world of tomorrow. Future-oriented learning takes a more complex view of knowledge, which integrates knowing, understanding, acting and being.
Future-oriented learning spaces should focus on a combination of student engagement in learning, inquiry-based approaches, future-oriented global skill sets, curiosity, imagination, conceptual thinking and the inclusion of technology as a language of learning.
Our future-oriented learning spaces:
â¢are mobile, flexible, varied and connected
â¢ give students the choice of where and how they learn
â¢ can be adapted to suit learning styles and technology
â¢ Support opportunities for students to learn independently and in small and large groups
â¢ support collaborative learning and teaching for students and teachers.
In light of a move towards a more personalized learning experience, targeted future teachers need to be prepared to be data collectors, as well as analysts, planners, collaborators, curriculum experts, synthesizers, problem solvers and researchers.
Future-oriented teachers know and understand the needs and talents of their students. They are collaborative, flexible, thoughtful, and use a wide range of effective teaching strategies to differentiate and inspire learning.
Students ready for the future must exercise their agency, in their own education and throughout their lives. Agency implies a sense of responsibility to participate in the world and in doing so, to influence people, events and circumstances for the better. The agency requires the ability to define a guiding objective and identify actions to achieve a goal.
To help activate the Future Focused Agency, educators must not only recognize the individuality of learners, but also recognize the broader set of relationships – with their teachers, peers, families and communities – that influence their learning.
A concept underlying the Future-Oriented Learning Framework is âco-agencyâ – the interactive and mutually supportive relationships that help learners progress towards their valuable goals.
In this context, everyone should be seen as a learner, not only students but also teachers, principals, parents and communities.
The students best prepared for the future are agents of change. They can have a positive impact on their environment, influence the future, understand the intentions, actions and feelings of others, and anticipate the short and long term consequences of what they do.
Future-oriented leadership is about confidently leading an organization and its employees to their best future. It means navigating confidently through the difficult risks and uncertainties in rapidly changing times in a rapidly changing world until a positive outcome is actually achieved.
The unifying idea is the understanding that a major change is needed in education if it is to meet future needs, and as Crawford International, is the key focus of how our academic offering is defined, revisited and tailored to ensure that our students are given multiple opportunities. to participate with confidence in the dynamic and evolving world of tomorrow.
For more information on the school that practices future-oriented learning,
visit us at www.crawfordinternational.co.za and see for yourself.