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Traditional classroom education has not changed much during the last 200 years but our world has Teachers present information to a group of students in a classroom or lecture theatre Students are mainly passive recipients because large groups do not allow a lot of interaction Compulsory education stops at the age of 15 in most nations This was appropriate for the Industrial Age where people often worked in the same profession their whole life but is inadequate for the Information Age Nowadays some professions simply die out or the tools used change eg in accounting so people are forced to learn new skills We can see how hard it is for our parents generation to adapt to new technologies like programming a VCR for instance or using a computer Thus education throughout a persons life will be needed The Conference Board of Canada 1991 defined skills which will be essential for people in the 21st century Bat93good communication skills reading writing speaking listeningability to learn independently social skills ethics positive attitudes responsibility Teamwork ability to adapt to changing circumstances thinking skills problem solving criticallogicalnumericalknowledge navigation where to get how to process information With traditional teacher-centred education alone we will not be able to achieve all these skills Student-centred Active Learning will be necessary Learners will have to be able to learn independently in small groups which can sometimes be separated in time and space In this instance teachers will work as advisors to help the students in their active leaning process Changes will be especially important in distance education where course material print audio or video has traditionally been sent by postal mail or has been broadcast via radio or television This one way delivery of information has no component that we could call interactive Studying at home can be boring and often frustrating if students do not understand parts of the course material and there is nobody to ask for help
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