Ten Trends

Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, educators, and digital technology experts pool their expertise and combine their understanding and evidence of the ways that digital technologies are influencing all aspects of education.

The result is CORE’s list of the ten trends that are expected to make a growing impact upon education in New Zealand in the coming year. 

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Trend categories explained

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The culture of an organisation is the product of the collective values, beliefs, and principles of its members, and comprises an interlocking set of goals, roles, processes, values, communications practices, attitudes and assumptions. Influences that change or alter any aspect of this mix will likely have an impact on the overall culture.

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The pace of change driven by new technologies and technological advances looks set to continue and even accelerate, meaning that existing skills in the teaching workforce will need to be frequently upgraded.

The important thing here is the pervasive nature of change that occurs when a new technology is introduced, because technological change is not additive, it is ecological. When you add a new technology you don’t simply change something, you change everything.

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Educational institutions are by nature, very reliant on the structures that give them their identity and serve to support what they do and the way they do it. Structural change refers to the deep reaching change that alters the way authority, capital, information, and responsibility flows in an organisation.

For educational institutions this may mean changes to existing structures (e.g. modern learning environments) or the emergence of completely new structures (e.g. virtual schools).

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The way we generate wealth and the skill sets required to contribute to this are key elements in any economy. In the past, economic activity was determined by the combination of natural resources, labour, and capital. This view is now challenged by consideration of the value of things such as technology and creativity, giving rise to alternative views such as the concept of a knowledge economy.

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In business terms, process is a collection of related, structured activities or tasks that produce a specific service or product. Simply put, process may be understood as ‘the way we do things’.

Educational institutions are generally very process-driven, from enrolment, to curriculum, to assessment and graduation — each is defined by the process that is adhered to and which determines how things are done.

Further information

CORE staff are available to speak to staff groups about any of these themes, or to present to cluster groups or at conferences, either in person or using an online synchronous communications system. Further inquires should be addressed to:

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