Traditional education and standardised tests focus on content knowledge. However, in today’s world of the web and smart phones, facts and content are less important. Research by the Institute for the Future released in a report entitled Future Work Skills 2020 shows that preparing for a specific career area based on content is difficult and, instead, people should be developing broader skills such as critical thinking, effective communication and problem solving. These same skills are important for our students to learn. The report explains each of the skills in detail, and also goes into the implications for education and policies.
Here are the skills:
- Social intelligence
- Novel and adaptive thinking
- Cross-cultural competency
- Computational thinking
- New-media literacy
- Design mindset
- Cognitive load management
- Virtual collaboration
The author, David Andrade, is a science teacher and educational technology specialist as well as an engineering veteran.
You can read the full report on Future Work Skills 2020 at:
Source: Educational Technology Guy, by David Andrade, January 04, 2012.
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