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Schooling for the Knowledge Era

Schooling for the Knowledge Era describes the rapidly developing global knowledge economy, which rewards innovative, self-directed and entrepreneurial knowledge workers who can thrive in a fast-moving, changing environment.

The book is intended to describe what 21st century schooling needs to be. It defines what 'knowledge era schooling' is and compares it with 'industrial era schooling' and provides five main criteria that should operate within a knowledge era school. These criteria are fleshed out across five chapters, followed by discussion on the changing role of the teacher, self-directed learning, a chapter-long case study of Eltham College, and a conclusion on the role of parents and policy makers.


  • David Warner writes from experience as a practising principal and as a labour market analyst
  • grounded in plentiful examples from his own school, Eltham College of Education, and from a variety of other schools in Australia, the UK and the US who are practising new and innovative forms of learning
  • cutting edge ideas that challenge readers to re-think the role of the school, school organisation and the way teaching or knowledge is delivered
  • a highly readable style
  • foreword by Professor Brian Caldwell.
Publication Details
Name of Publisher: ACER Press
Place of Publication: Camberwell, Vic.
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 0864317085
EISBN: 1423747356
Publication Year: 2006
Subject Covered: Education (Theory & practice)