What do we Know?
What do we want to know?
What have we learned?
In developed nations, the old will substantially outnumber the young. In underdeveloped nations, the young will substantially outnumber the old.
Educators will need to be prepared for this demographic shift and its impact on society and eduation.
What is the socio-economic and educational impact of this trend? What are the implications of this change within our community? Does it threaten our country's security? How can we utilize this growing poulation of elderly citizens to tap into their wealth of knowldege and experiences so that they continue to be contributing members of society.
People are living longer and we need to plan for how this will impact education and society. The mortality rates in developed countries have decreased, while the birth rates have increased. Learning teams (cross-generational learning teams that consist of retired university professors, professionals (like engineers, scientist, mechanics etc.), graduate students and the classroom teacher) are becoming more common in schools. All these individuals, the retired, the up and coming college students and the classroom teacher will work together with a student or group of students to solve a problem. Project based and real world application of new learning will continue to be effective teaching strategies.