Education Leadership and the Knowledge Society

This short paper builds on the premise that the emergence of knowledge societies—accelerated by information and communications technologies (ICT)—pressures education systems to help students develop 21st-century skills for life and learning. These challenges are especially daunting for schools in Sub-Saharan Africa.

However, elements of any comprehensive program of school improvement are consistent: learning resources and curriculum; teacher education and development; assessment; management and information management; and policy and planning. First-step improvements in these components can be channeled to support eventual participation in knowledge societies.

Schools—and education systems—in almost all instances are structured in ways that are antithetical to knowledge societies. Information moves generally from the top down (teacher to student) or from the center to the field (the ministry to schools), while information in knowledge societies is shared freely among groups and individuals and across national boundaries. 

Friday, January 1, 2010 (All day)
Edmond Gaible
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