Pearson published its inaugural Global Learner Survey, capturing the opinions of learners worldwide. The group conducted the study so learners in 19 countries could have their say on subjects such as the quality of their nation’s education system; careers and the future of work; and technology.
It’s the first time the world has heard the collective voice of this many learners on such a wide range of education topics. More than 11,000 people, ranging in age from 16 to 70 participated in the study.
The survey uncovered eight key trends that learners across the globe tell us to characterize the way they seek education in 2019:
- A DIY mindset is reshaping education.
- The 40-year career is gone, replaced by life-long learning and diverse career paths.
- People expect digital and virtual learning to be the new normal in the next decade.
- Confidence in educational institutions is wavering.
- Some young workers think you can do OK in life without a college degree.
- Markets like China and India are leading the world in upskilling while the US and UK lag behind.
- Learners believe soft skills will give them an advantage over automation.
- People now cite social media and bullying as contributing factors to school safety concerns
The study also brings to light a new way of categorizing teaching into three various categories: continuous learning; distributed lifetime investment and that it be outcomes-based to deliver the skills and learning that learners and employers seek.
Why it’s hot:
Around the world, learners still place a great deal of faith in education to help them achieve success, but the way they are obtaining an education is changing. People are layering on to their traditional education by mixing and matching what works and what they can afford to get trained up for in a fast-changing economy.