Some of the biggest challenges we face can appear frustratingly intractable. Despite reform efforts, regular government reviews and ongoing calls for change, progress in addressing our most significant challenges is often slow and solutions continue to elude us. But their roots sometimes lie largely outside the reach of schools or in deeply entrenched educational processes and structures that are difficult to change. A political response is sometimes to focus instead on low-hanging fruit and quick wins — to make changes at the margins where change seems possible.
According to researchers, though some of those challenges are systemic and some related to the technologies themselves, teachers and education leaders share in the blame as well. Among those issues are challenges that represent significant constraints on the adoption of technology in education.
In past reports, those challenges have centered largely on reluctance on the part of administrators and teachers, lack of preparation, and lack of support or funding. Key among all challenges is the lack of adequate, ongoing professional development for teachers who are required to integrate new technologies into their classrooms yet who are unprepared or unable to understand new technologies.
Resistance to technology comes in many forms, but one of the key resistance challenges identified in the report is "comfort with the status quo. MOOCs and other new models for schooling. Related to challenge 3, rigid lecture-and-test models of learning are failing to challenge students to experiment and engage in informal learning.
But, according to the report, opportunities for such informal learning can be found in non-traditional classroom models, such as flipped classrooms, which allow for a blending of formal and informal learning.
However, there is still an assessment gap in how changes in curricula and new skill demands are implemented in education; schools do not always make necessary adjustments in assessment practices as a consequence of these changes.
Simple applications of digital media tools, like webcams that allow non-disruptive peer observation, offer considerable promise in giving teachers timely feedback they can use.Jan 10, · 10 Critical Issues Facing Education. By Peter DeWitt on January 23, All of those combined with a 2 ½ hour class led to some of the best educational discussions I've ever had.
Aug 29, · Seven Challenges Facing Higher Education. CCAP Contributor. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Education - We are dedicated to . Challenge 1: professional development. Key among all challenges is the lack of adequate, ongoing professional development for teachers who are required to integrate new technologies into their classrooms yet who are unprepared or unable to understand new technologies.
Patrick Duignan is the author of Educational Leadership: Key Challenges and Ethical Tensions (), which reports the findings of a three-year study on the ethical issues facing contemporary educational leaders.
In the following article Professor Duignan summarises some of the conclusions of the study. 5 Teacher's Challenges and The Best Educational Tools to Address Them Time Management issues If you ever felt the need to literally beat the clock, you have to seriously consider to clear your schedule and put all your tasks in order.
Secondary Education in Tanzania: Key Policy Challenges Suleman Sumra & Rakesh Rajani Working paper 4.
1 Secondary Education in Tanzania: Key Policy Challenges1 Suleman Sumra & Rakesh Rajani2 1. Introduction Since , Tanzania has seen an ambitious set of policy reforms in primary and more recently in All the challenges are linked to a.