• Let's talk about the callenges of educational change worldwide

    What is the current state of education like?

    Is synthetic power replacing school teachers not future-ready learners?

  • @Bilim said in Let's talk about the callenges of educational change worldwide:

    What is the current state of education like?

    Is synthetic power replacing school teachers not future-ready learners?

    I'm a big and dedicated bookworm. There is a myriad of educational research implications to ponder over. It is interesting that Edu as social sphere has tremendous possibilities today, but since the schools are conservative institutions there are restrictions at the same time. And it is a very slow process as mentioned by edu expert, Pasi Salberg. Changes need time and energy. But we can be empowered to widen further possibilities and narrow the potential

  • In my opinion, you have raised an interesting topic. Teachers from different countries may face different challenges , and it would be great to explore💡

    I am really curious about the discussion and I invite our forum members to spend a few minutes to leave a comment and to share your thoughts if you read it now 😉

    Thus we could learn a lot about us as educators and expand our veiws on education in general

  • @Ana_moderator thank you for your encouragement, I really look forward to hearing and discussing the forms and character of the challenges in official\unofficial educational landscape.

  • Hi, everyone

    You know this forum is not only for viewing, but for the discussion as well. Remember a popular metaphor "standing on the shoulders of giants" that initially was used to mean "using the understanding gained by wise thinkers who have gone before in order to make intellectual progress". Today progess glides, not stepping any more, everything gets disruptive in the blink of an eye.
    I've never imagined that PISA high order tasks can be easily performed by AI. Before we were confident that the robots will never replace teachers, but today we've got a tool that can develop your lesson plan, assess in accordance with learning objectives, even personalise and entertain the learners. What is the nearest future of educational landscape do you really think in this sense?

  • @Bilim

    I consider AI to be a helpful assistant for some tasks. It can be really creative (like a teacher can!) but faster.
    However, in my opinion AI can not completely replace a teacher yet, because the teacher is needed to decide how and when to use the materials generated by the AI.
    Of course maybe in the future AI will be able to handle more tasks but for now, I believe that teachers could benefit from using AI.

    Anyway, it is still a long process in Russia, I can say that the use of AI among teachers is not widespread. Those who do use AI are seen as innovative teachers.

    How is it in Kazakhstan? Are there any national teacher training programmes on the topic of integrating AI into teaching practice?

  • @Bilim
    Educational change is a multifaceted and ongoing process that presents numerous challenges worldwide. Here are some of the key challenges faced:

    1. Resistance to Change: One of the most significant challenges is the resistance to change, whether it comes from teachers, administrators, parents, or even students. Change can disrupt established routines and comfort zones, leading to reluctance or pushback.

    2. Lack of Resources: Many educational systems, particularly in developing countries, struggle with insufficient resources such as funding, infrastructure, and qualified personnel. This scarcity hampers efforts to implement effective changes.

    3. Inequity and Accessibility: Disparities in access to quality education persist globally. Rural areas, marginalized communities, and underserved populations often face barriers such as inadequate infrastructure, lack of transportation, and socioeconomic challenges.

    4. Technology Integration: While technology has the potential to enhance learning experiences, integrating it effectively into education systems poses challenges. Issues such as access to devices and the internet, digital literacy among educators and students, and the digital divide need to be addressed.

    5. Teacher Training and Professional Development: Teachers play a crucial role in driving educational change, but many lack the necessary training and support to adapt to new methodologies, technologies, and curriculum changes. Continuous professional development is essential but often overlooked or underfunded.

    6. Assessment and Accountability: Traditional assessment methods may not adequately measure 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. Implementing meaningful assessment practices while ensuring accountability without stifling innovation remains a challenge.

    7. Curriculum Relevance: The curriculum should evolve to meet the changing needs of society and the workforce. However, curriculum development and revision processes can be slow and bureaucratic, hindering the integration of contemporary knowledge and skills.

    8. Cultural and Political Factors: Educational change is influenced by cultural norms, political agendas, and societal values, which can vary widely across regions and countries. Negotiating these factors while striving for progress can be complex and challenging.

    9.Globalization and Localization: Balancing the global trends in education with local needs and contexts is another challenge. While there's value in adopting best practices from around the world, they must be adapted to suit the unique cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic conditions of each community.

    Addressing these challenges requires a collaborative approach involving stakeholders at all levels, including policymakers, educators, parents, students, and community members. Flexibility, innovation, and a willingness to learn from both successes and failures are essential for driving meaningful educational change worldwide.
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  • @Bilim

    Hi Bilim,

    Puerto Rico has 3 major challenges in education from my perspective:

    1. The impact of natural disasters on education in Puerto Rico has been devastating. Hurricanes María and Irma in 2017 caused widespread destruction across the island, severely affecting many schools. School buildings suffered significant damage, including ripped-off roofs, flooding, and the loss of essential educational materials. This led to prolonged interruptions in education, as many schools were closed for months. Additionally, the earthquakes in 2020 further exacerbated the situation, causing additional structural damage to already deteriorated school facilities.

    These disasters not only exposed the vulnerability of the island's educational infrastructure but also highlighted the urgent need for investments in reconstruction and modernization. The combination of these events has exacerbated pre-existing problems, such as a lack of resources and poor maintenance, creating an even more challenging educational environment for students and teachers.

    1. Right after that we face big teachers and students' migration. This has had a significant impact on Puerto Rico's education system. Seeking better opportunities, many teachers and students have moved to the United States. This exodus has left some schools critically short of qualified staff, affecting the quality of education.

    The lack of experienced and adequately trained teachers limits schools' ability to provide a comprehensive and high-quality education. Additionally, the decline in student enrollment has led to the closure of some schools and the consolidation of others, which can increase the workload for the remaining teachers and affect the individual attention students receive.

    1. Last but not least the lack of resources in many schools in Puerto Rico is a serious problem that significantly limits students' learning opportunities. There is a shortage of essential educational materials, technology, and basic resources, ranging from textbooks to laboratory equipment and computers. This scarcity of resources prevents students from accessing quality education and limits their ability to develop crucial skills in areas such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    Additionally, the lack of modern technology hampers the implementation of innovative teaching methods and the preparation of students for an increasingly digital world. Schools, especially in rural and low-income areas, face greater challenges in providing the necessary resources, contributing to significant educational inequality across the island. That's why apply every year for Grants to make a difference.

  • @BRYAN Yes, along with local problems, we globally try to provide equal education available to all.

  • @Bilim in my opinion educational change in the modern era faces several significant challenges,the main challenge is if technology is given completely in the hands of students there may be drastic impact on their skills of thinking and exploring their own ideas. Like they are getting dependent on technology completely .some of major challenges may be,

    1.Technological Integration
    Access and Equity: Not all students have equal access to technology and the internet, leading to a digital divide. In my case my school is a primary school we have no system or facility of solar or alternative resource for electricity we also don't have any computer lab . Student s are taught on android phones which staff has . When I see you people talking about your school management in terms of technology I really feel about my students that they are deprived of these facilities but instead of that we are trying to teach them with the use of phone.
    2. Teacher Training : Many educators need ongoing professional development to effectively integrate technology into their teaching. As I'm getting training actually in this platform all other teachers should also be given access for this .

    3.Curriculum Reform
    Relevance:Updating curricula to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world, including the integration of 21st-century skills.

    4.Socioeconomic Disparities
    Funding Inequities: Schools in affluent areas often have more resources than those in lower-income areas, affecting the quality of education.

    5.Political Influences Educational policies can be heavily influenced by political agendas, which may not always align with educational best practices.

    1. Teacher Recruitment and Retention
      Shortages,:Many regions face shortages of qualified teachers, particularly in specialized subjects like STEM.

    2. Assessment and Accountability
      Measuring Success: Finding effective ways to assess student learning and teacher effectiveness beyond standardized tests. Like UNESCO is organising students competition or other international competitions.
      Preparing students to compete in a global job market while also fostering a sense of local and national identity.
      Addressing these challenges requires a multifaceted approach that involves stakeholders at all levels, from policymakers and educators to students and parents, to create a more equitable, effective, and adaptive educational system.

  • @Bilim
    In my opinion some of the challanges of educational change are as follows:

    1. Readiness for change: one of the challanges of educstioal change is readiness for change weather it comes from teacgers, students, psrents, administrators, society or government. As long as all these are not ready for bringing change in education, the change can not be brought.
    2. Awareness about educational technology: All people involved in education are well awared about educational technology. So this is second challange of educational change.
    3. Trained teachers: Many teachers are not still so trained to impart education to students which meet the needs globally.
    4. Lack of resources: The fourth challange of educational change is that there are insufficient funds for educstion so all the needs of quality education are not fulfilled in many schools particularly the schools of backward areas.
    5. Political influence: This is also a major challange of educational change. The political persons are given portfolios in education departments so the make many hinderences.
    6. Curriculum: The curriculumn is not designed which meets the needs from locally to globally. So many students can not compete at global level.
  • @Bilim

    Inclusion for all, love it.

  • @Mariam

    Socioeconomic disparities indeed have a profound impact on education in Puerto Rico. Students from low-income families in the island often face significant challenges, such as limited access to resources, less parental involvement, and inadequate school facilities. Sometimes is very sad.

    Addressing these disparities requires a comprehensive approach in my opinion, including increased funding for schools in disadvantaged areas, community support programs, and initiatives to ensure equal access to technology and educational materials. By working together to mitigate these inequalities, we can create a more equitable education system in the Caribbean that provides all students in Puerto Rico with the opportunities we deserve.

    Mr. Bryan

  • A few years ago, I read a book called "Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms," by Timothy D. Walker. The author reflected on the Finnish educational model, which is considered one of the educational world's "miracles."
    Finnish students have short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing, but they still have some of the highest PISA scores in the world.

    The book discusses deep learning and understanding, holistic education, and focusing on the whole child's development, including emotional, social, and academic growth. It emphasizes active participation and collaboration in the classroom, as well as maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The book also emphasizes creating a supportive and positive learning environment.

    I was really interested to learn about the role of teachers in the Finnish education system.
    Teaching is considered one of the most respected and well-paid careers. You need to study hard for many years before starting work at school, but when you do, you already have good experience and an understanding that you will be highly velued by society as a teacher.

    In my personalopinion, this policy helps to attract great people to the educational system, people who can shape and improve the quality of education, create facilities, incorporate technologies, provide schools with educational materials etc.

    I believe this book is translated into many languages, I read it in Russian. As an educator, I gained many insights from this book and I highly recommend checking out. The author Timothy D. Walker "Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms"
    It can even an idea for a reading club with colleagues 🤓

  • @Ana_moderator

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on "Teach Like Finland". It's fascinating how the Finnish educational model prioritizes deep learning, holistic education, and the overall development of students while maintaining a balanced and supportive environment.

    The emphasis on active participation, collaboration, and the respect and value given to teachers is truly inspiring. It’s impressive how these elements contribute to the high PISA scores despite shorter school days and lighter homework loads. Your recommendation is timely, and I agree that it would make a great topic for a reading club with colleagues.

    It’s always valuable to explore successful education systems and consider how we can adapt those strategies to our own classrooms or even an educational system. Thanks again for the recommendation Ana.

    Mr. Bryan

  • @Bilim Hello Bilim! This is very important theme for discussion.

    In Serbia, the discourse on technology's role in education echoes global patterns but also highlights unique challenges within the country's educational landscape. While classrooms increasingly integrate technology, disparities persist in digital access and training across schools and educators.

    Urban and affluent schools typically boast ample technology resources, including computers, tablets, and internet connectivity. However, rural and underserved communities often grapple with limited access to digital tools and infrastructure. Moreover, many Serbian educators lack sufficient training to effectively utilize technology in teaching or access professional development opportunities.

    While technology may offer efficiency, it lacks the human touch crucial for fostering empathy, creativity, and critical thinking. Teachers play a pivotal role as mentors, guides, and inspirations, nurturing students' intellectual curiosity, resilience, and adaptability. The key to cultivating future-ready learners lies in harmonizing human expertise with technological advancements.

    As a music educator, I am dedicated to leveraging technology to enrich learning experiences while prioritizing the holistic growth of my students. By blending technology with traditional teaching methods, I aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and creativity essential for success in a dynamic world.

  • @Bilim , hi,

    The preference for reading books among children nowadays can vary widely based on factors such as individual interests, access to books, and exposure to digital media. Many children today are exposed to digital media such as smartphones, tablets, and computers from a young age. This exposure can influence their reading habits, with some children preferring digital formats like e-books or audiobooks over traditional printed books. furthermore, technology has made reading more accessible and interactive through platforms like e-readers and educational apps. While digital media and technology have introduced new forms of entertainment and learning opportunities, many children still enjoy reading books.

  • But, in some cases, pupils are lack of motivation to study. They didn’t understand the importance of education and how it connects to their future goals. They are pressured by parents, teachers and the community just to pass the exams. Like exams are determine their future.

  • Hello Myloga
    based on your experience, how can we resolve this problem which affects almost all students as well as their parents.
    Best Regards from Tunisia

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  • @Bilim
    Hello Bilim,
    One of the educational challenges that I think is common globally is resistance on behalf of administrators and educators. Whenever a new concept or strategy is proposed after several research made, there is always a few who show reluctancy to adopt the new systems and processes. Ultimately this may hinder the proper implementation.