A separate important topic will be the adoption of the International Charter for Geographic Education

A separate important topic will be the adoption of the International Charter for Geographic Education

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The Russian Textbook Corporation presents a report prepared jointly with Global Education Futures and the Global Venture Alliance. The report combines two works: the ideas of Global Education Futures on changing education in a complex society of the 21st century and the results of the work of the Global Education Leaders‘ Partnership Summit (GELP). The report is available at https://cloud.mail.ru/public/JyB1/95csCweFs.

The authors of the report believe that the transformation of education in the next 20 years will take place under the influence of three main and interrelated trends: digitalization and automation of routine work; global turbulence and „strategic uncertainty“; the need for a transition to an eco-oriented civilization based on the principles of sustainable development.

What changes will the content of education undergo? The “classic” competencies of the 21st century are becoming necessary, but not sufficient. The answer to the question „why study?“ becomes more important than “what to learn?” since student motivation is the main driver of change, not just “market demand for new competencies”. The need for self-preparation for „strategic uncertainty“ is growing. The student’s ability to form his own worldview from many components comes to the fore, including in conditions of information overload.

Consequently, the authors of the report argue, it is critically important to change the model for assessing educational results, since it is this model that determines the „goals and objectives“ of the entire work of the educational system. With all the variety and availability of assessment methodologies, including the digitalization of processes using “big data”, real-time monitoring, blockchain, etc., the main obstacle is the worldview: why, how and why new assessment systems are being created. It is very important to start taking into account the student’s motivation and not just the learning outcomes.

The new educational model is implemented primarily through the development of the student’s independent choice, which should be based on his personal position and full responsibility for his actions in the classroom, school and beyond. Teachers need to prepare for changing role models to a motivator, facilitator, or mentor in a mixed online / offline environment where the student plays a central role. The key is education, which is built around experience, play, project, research, living.

The education of the future unfolds within educational ecosystems, not just within educational institutions. In a complex society, they increase the personal and collective value of learning as well as value to the community. The key players that bring the emergence of educational ecosystems closer are: (1) specialized non-governmental / non-profit organizations, (2) regional universities that integrate the processes of learning and creating innovations, (3) additional practice-oriented / project-based education that introduces students to the challenges of real life.

In order to get closer to the new order of things, regulators of educational systems need to adopt a new management model suitable for a complex society – the model of “managing complexity”. It involves replacing a “top-down” approach with a “bottom-up” approach, motivates for development and “commitment to change” by involving teachers and school administrators in creating the necessary changes in education. The authors propose to develop and strengthen communities of innovation-oriented teachers and networks of innovative schools to accelerate and spread change; transform and develop multi-stakeholder education; and build partnerships with parent communities, private investors, social entrepreneurs and employers by fostering this approach at all levels of the system.

There are three types of 21st century skills. The first group – professional skills – includes: sales, marketing, finance, personnel management, law, special skills required for work. The second group of soft skills includes problem solving, decision making, cooperation, empathy and emotional intelligence, strong management, cultural diversity, courage / resilience, multitasking. The third type is digital skills: data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, programming, IT architecture, cybersecurity.

On June 4-6 in Moscow on the basis of the Russian Academy of Sciences one of the largest events in the world of geography will take place – the conference „Practical Geography and Challenges of the XXI Century“, timed to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences. More than 800 leading scientists from 40 countries of the world will take part in the conference, including China, India, Germany, France, USA, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Poland and others. The conference organizers are the International Geographical Union and the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The event will be held with the support of the Russian Geographical Society, the Faculty of Geography of Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov, Russian Textbook Corporation, Russian Academy of Sciences, WWF Russia, Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

“Geography, as a teaching subject and as a science, has always had a major influence on progress. Geography is the only science in which nature and man are most fully combined, everything that happens in connection with his activities. This is even more important for Russia with its vast territory and climatic conditions, ”said Vladimir Kotlyakov, Honorary President of the Russian Geographical Society.

On June 4, on the opening day of the conference, one of the main experts on the development of the Arctic and the study of glaciers, Dominique Reynaud (France), will talk about global climate change. The author of the ICARUS international project for the study of migratory birds, Martin Vikelsky (Germany), will make a presentation on the peculiarities of observing the migration of birds from space. Geography as a synthesizing science will be devoted to a speech by Christian Vandermotten, Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Belgium, a leading specialist in the field of socio-economic and political geography of Europe. The national scientific school will be presented, among other things, by an expert on climate change, the development of the Arctic, Nobel laureate, acting director of IGRAN Olga Solomina, vice-president of the International Geographic Union Vladimir Kolosov and deputy director of the Institute of Geography Arkady Tishkov.

On June 5, American researcher John O’Loughlin will talk about the impact of climate change on the economy and demography, and French expert Claude Gralan will touch on the topic of migration flows of the population of different countries of global geography. One of the most important issues of the conference is the discussion of modern geography education. The key speaker in this area will be the President of the International Geographical Union Yukio Khimiyama (Japan). 

On June 6, with the support of the Russian Textbook Corporation, a special section „The innovative potential of geographic education“ will be held, in which Christian Meyer (Germany) and Professor Batchuluun Embuu, representing the Mongolian National University of Education, will speak. A separate important topic will be the adoption of an international charter for geographical education.

“This conference is very important for geography education in the country: we will be able to correlate global problems in this area with what is happening in Russia. At the session „The innovative potential of geographic education“, we hope, there will be an exchange of views on the problems facing geographic education in Germany, in China, we will learn about its essay on hero importance in the educational system of Croatia, informatization, „said the director of the center for cartography and geography of the corporation“ Russian textbook „, deputy editor-in-chief of the journal“ Geography in School „Laura Tsareva. – 

„For teachers who cannot personally take part in the conference, the Russian Textbook Corporation organizes a live broadcast on its YouTube channel.“

“It is a great honor for us to take part in this conference. It is no coincidence that we proposed organizing a section that will work for school teachers, because now the advanced achievements of science are in great demand for the teaching community. And geography is no exception, ”said Ruslan Gagkuev, editor-in-chief of the Russian Textbook corporation. “Together with the scientific community, we are making great efforts to ensure that geography rightfully takes the place it should occupy in school education.