The education world innovation summit WISE kicks off tomorrow in Qatar. We're launching this year's WISE book at the event, 'Learning a living: radical innovation in education for work', which explores the disconnect between education and the workplace, and what we can do about it. Register for the book here.
On every continent, innovators are rethinking how we organise ‘learning for work’ in fast-changing conditions. What is emerging is a profound understanding that this is not separate to other goals for academic learning – the transmission of culture for example – but they are all part of a seamless, mutually reinforcing whole.
The curious separation of academic and vocational pathways has been deeply detrimental, contributing to the problems inherent within education systems worldwide. Innovators working within the space of learning for work are modelling teaching and learning that has implications across all education policy and practice.
The new 2012 WISE book “Learning a living: radical innovation in education for work” sets out a picture of how these brilliant innovators, around the globe, are transforming the way we learn to support ourselves on this planet. The book is about a fundamental disconnect and dysfunction between the worlds of work and education. But fundamentally it is about hope, success and human creativity.
It starts with an analysis of how the worlds of work are changing and how workforces are changing too – in their characteristics, demands, needs and aspirations.
It then looks at the work of 15 innovative programmes around the world - from Bangladesh, Morocco, Ghana, Finland, Jordan, Sao Paulo to Japan, China and the US - in order to see how education also needs to change.
These examples show new directions for the focus of learning. And not before time. The urgency of changing how societies prepare and develop those upon whom prosperity depends is apparent everywhere. This book seeks to do justice to the work of those at the forefront of change.