Educating a workforce of knowledge workers

Looking at the 'employment-related key competencies' identified by the Mayer Report in 1992, it's clear that we are planning for students to pop out the other end of schooling into a world of 'knowledge working'…

  • Collecting, analysing and organising information
  • Communicating ideas and information
  • Planning and organising activities
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Using mathematical ideas and techniques
  • Solving problems
  • Using technology

Nice to see the collaborative point in there, but it still feels like there are perhaps gaps in terms of creativity and innovation (as a disclaimer, I have not read the actual report, only discussion of it). Having said that, it is quite a different list from the one that would have been produced twenty years before this report was written. I wonder what skills we will think children need to learn for 'the workplace' in another twenty years.

(As a postscript, the QLD DEST publication 'Enterprise Education in Primary Schools' also catalogues eighteen attributes that more effectively cover creativity, initiative, negotiation, stress etc. – things I would think take a more progressive angle on the way 'employment' is evolving.)

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