DEC Scan Journal : Volume 33 Issue 3
2014 Volume 33, Issue 3 22 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Future work skills Local and national factors in future work skills are no longer the primary driver of change. Global factors affect all areas of work and life. These factors have been identified (Störmer et al, 2014) as: • Emerging economies leapfrogging existing economies in the need to find a manufacturing base as rapid growth to a knowledge base occurs. These economies are becoming part of the global production chain without a prior industrial base. • The opening of borders and greater or easier access to travel has meant an increase in migration to where the work is. As a consequence, the workforce demographics are changing rapidly. • Technology is dissolving barriers, which enables greater control by individuals and greater possibilities for where work occurs. • As a result of the above factors, organisations are changing their structures to allow for an agile economy, changing workforce and increasing use of new technologies. The School libraries 21C (Hay and Todd, 2010) and the Future learning and school libraries (ASLA, 2013) papers both identified a changing skill set for student and teacher learning. Recognition of the skills required for future work (Störmer et al, 2014; Davies, 2011; Wagner, n.d.) focus on capabilities of agility, critical thinking and the new media. Table 1, on th enext page, maps identified work skills to required learning skills (ATC21S, 2012; Economist Intelligence Unit, 2014; Wheeler, 2013). Students and therefore teachers need skills in: • leadership • critical thinking • creativity • agility • digital literacy • communication • problem solving • global citizenship • design thinking • collaboration • interpersonal relationships. Critical thinking and the ability to ask the right questions is the core and the ability to develop new ideas rapidly from analysis is vital. The ability to work in a range of teams (physical and virtual) over a range of media tools also enables the student to have influence on leadership or make informed decisions. Students will need to be able to take and show initiative and be able to communicate their ideas or actions effectively. In order to take these actions, students will need to know how to analyse trends and patterns and therefore be able to critically evaluate information sources and information. The development of these skills in students will therefore require a corresponding development in these skills within the teaching profession. As Hattie (2013) reiterates in this clip, the greatest impact on student achievement is the quality of the teacher. Future Technology The impact on education of the rapid development in a range of technologies has been noted in particular by the Horizon reports (Johnson et al, 2013 Asia Society: Seven skills students need for their future John Hattie at TEDx, 2013. Why are so many of our teachers and schools so successful?
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