THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND ITS IMPACT ON TEACHER EDUCATION

Yvonne Pratt-Johnson

Abstract


The emergence of next-level technologies in fields like robotics and artificial intelligence has led many to conclude that we are entering a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Capabilities like 3D printing and nano-technology are expected to make it increasingly possible to integrate human and digital functions, changing the scope, speed, and flexibility of what can be accomplished in numerous sectors and activities. Modalities for acquiring and sharing information are likely to be impacted strongly by these developments, and hence education as we know it is likely to be altered significantly as well. As specialists in teacher education, it is our responsibility to stay ahead of the curve on such changes in order to ensure that we are preparing our students for the realities of the classrooms in which they will teach. In this presentation, I look at some of the ways in which the technology and applications used in education can be expected to change in the near future, as well as at what teaching will be like for those charged with preparing young people (and, perhaps, for retraining the rest of us!) for life in the work, social, and cultural environments of Earth under Revolution 4.0!


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25073/0866-773X/307

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