Learning ‘for’ and ‘in’ the future: on the role of resilience and empowerment in education

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Rapid societal changes and unexpected crises call for other conceptualizations of education. On the one hand, education in the post-truth era has been called to strengthen the focus on information literacy and critical thinking, specifically within the context of digital information and fake news. On the other hand, societal disruptions such as COVID-19 show the importance of dealing with unexpected and complex adversity, and education is called to focus on pedagogies of preparedness and frustration tolerance. The golden threat
between these events is the importance of resilience and empowerment as key features of future education, both in enabling the learner to become a critical thinker, and to become a resilient citizen. Combining both perspectives, as well as framing competences within the capabilities approach, provides necessary boundary conditions to lead flourishing lives in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationParis
Commissioning bodyUNESCO
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Futures of Education
  • Resilience
  • Empowerment
  • Sustainability
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Super Wicked Problems
  • Post-truth
  • COVID-19


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