Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption

Publication | May 2021

This book presents contemporary perspectives on the importance of a learning society in supporting Asia and the Pacific’s development journey.

Written by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers, the book’s 21 chapters emphasize that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic provides an opportunity to build education systems that are stronger and more equitable. The book discusses closing the digital gap, improving learning assessment, financing technological innovations, providing students with access to hardware, and ensuring teachers and students know how to maximize the technology. It also calls for dedicated resources to promote lifelong learning and for communities to have a greater role in promoting learning.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Overview
    • Conceptualizing the Meaning, Theory, and Practice of Learning Societies During an Age of Disruption
  • Learnability and the Learning Crisis
    • Addressing the Learning Crisis: Basic Skills and 21st Century Skills
    • Improving Learning: Reconsidering Student Assessment Globally
    • Disrupted, Ruptured, and in Between: Ruins of Schooling and Utopian Learning Society
    • Approaches to Improving Teacher Quality and Effectiveness: What Works?
  • Future-Proofing Postbasic Education
    • Resilience and Growth: A University’s Response for Future-Proofing Graduates and Careers
    • Intensifying Skills Development for New Age Economic Development: Insights from the European Union
    • Quality Assurance in Online Learning at Scale at the Indonesia Cyber Education Institute
    • Certification and Accreditation Innovations in Technical and Vocational Education and Training
  • Communities as Learning Platforms
    • Playful Learning Landscapes: Convergence of Education and City Planning
    • Advancing Learning Cities: Lifelong Learning and the Creation of a Learning Society
    • Learning for All: Lessons from ASER and Pratham in India on the Role of Citizens and Communities in Improving Children’s Learning
    • SkillsFuture: The Roles of Public and Private Sectors in Developing a Learning Society in Singapore
  • Learning Societies and Industry 4.0
    • New Directions for Apprenticeships
    • Promoting Workforce Planning as a Means of Embedding a Learning Culture in the Rail Sector
    • Workplace-Based Training in the European Union and the Experience of Skillman
    • Work and Learning Balance for the Post-COVID-19 Era: Insights from the Republic of Korea
  • Technology Solutions to Build a Learning Society
    • Reskill to Rebuild: Coursera’s Global Partnership with Government to Support Workforce Recovery at Scale
    • Role of the Private Sector and Technology for Future-Ready Education and Training
    • How Data and Digital Technologies Can Transform Education Systems

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Education sector development
  • Secondary Education
  • Tertiary and higher education
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • 322
  • 6 x 9
  • TCS210194-2
  • 978-981-16-0982-4 (print)
  • 978-981-16-0983-1 (ebook)
  • 1573-5397 (print)
  • 2214-9791 (electronic)

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