Global survey: Three critical education issues

More than three-quarters of top education officials around the world believe technology can play a major role in how students learn and how teachers educate, according to a global survey commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Clarus Research Group, a Washington, D.C.-based research firm.

Telephone interviews were conducted with 500 education administrators and information technology decision-makers in 14 countries on five continents. The survey shows that educators across the globe see three critical learning issues:

* Preparing students to compete in a global economy and helping to ensure their employability after graduation were cited by 83 percent of respondents as key concerns. .
* Most educators, 85 percent, see technology playing a "large role" in how students learn.
* The need for programs and curriculum that enable students to develop skills in team and project-based learning was noted by 86 percent of the educators.