What is the future of education?

What is the future of education?

Conversations with global practitioners and scholars in different domains of sciences, arts and humanities, about education futures. Presented to you by the social futures team of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Educational Research at Lancaster University, UK. With our guest speakers, we consider how their work links to education futures, providing examples of artefacts and projects to situate possible futures for education. If you are working, managing or researching in any area of education, social futures or futures thinking, this podcast would be of interest to you. Creative director: Dr Nataša Lacković, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Educational Research and Director of Research Engagement, Lancaster University.


October 26, 2023 35 mins

In this episode, Norah Amer delves into the world of education futures with Prof Sarah Dillon, Professor of Literature and the Public Humanities at the University of Cambridge.

The conversation explores insights drawn from Professor Dillon's extensive research and experiences, focusing on the power of storytelling and storylistening, speculative fiction and imagining education through stories and narrative futures. If Sarah had a m...

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In this episode, Norah Amer delves into the captivating realm of semiotics alongside esteemed scholar Professor Massimo Leone. Hailing from the University of Turin, Italy, where he holds a Tenured Full Professorship in Philosophy of Communication, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics, Professor Leone's expansive journey spans continents and diverse cultures. Our conversation unveils the profound int...

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In this episode, Felipe Sánchez talks with Prof Siân Bayne, director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. They discuss about the "Near Future Teaching" project, which aimed to develop a vision for the future of digital education at the university. The project took a values-based approach, focusing on diversity, justice, and the centrality of community. Bayne also highlights the importance ...

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In this episode, Felipe Sánchez speaks with Prof Kristian Bankov about the future of education, building on his book, "The Digital Mind", reflecting on the impact of digital culture on education and what that means for our thinking and communication. Kristian highlights the general shift from a text-based culture to a culture of navigation driven by interactive digital technology. Prof Bankov also discusses the challenges faced by ...

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In this episode, Felipe Sánchez and Natalie Morrell, Artistic Director of The Knotted Project, talk about the future of youth education through greater engagement in creative arts and especially theatre. Disrupting formal modes of schooling, Natalie offers some insights from The Knotted Project for how education could be reshaped by introducing artistic and theatrical practices to foster young people holistic development. 



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In this episode, Elizabeth J. Cook and Prof Keri Facer Professor of the University of Bristol discuss the relationship between education and futures thinking, including how futures shape education, how we might consider and anticipate futures, while also effecting change in the education system. Prof Facer highlights the importance of dealing with the implications of certain futures (e.g., climate change) and suggests reading widel...

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    In this podcast episode, Elizabeth J. Cook talks with Prof Jinghan Zeng of Lancaster University about how artificial intelligence (AI) and internationalisation are shaping education from a Global South angle, and a Chinese context in particular. 

    Among other useful insights, Prof Zeng points at the growing competition for international students and outreach among global ...

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    In our first podcast episode, Elizabeth J. Cook talks with Professor Julian C. Chambliss of Michigan State University about approaching education through lenses of community needs/connecting with communities, and creative works relating to Afrofuturism and comics.

    Prof Chambliss defines Afrofuturism as "the intersection between speculation and liberation” to inspire change “beyond the confines of prejudice and discrimination … “Str...

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