Students' exposure to so-called 21st-century skills in school correlates positively with perceived quality of work later in life, according to a new study by Gallup Inc
Deborah Owen's insight:
Really fascinating information about what skills graduates say are important in their new jobs, and which skills they learned (or didn't learn) in school.
Most important skill: real-world problem solving.
"59% said that the skills they use in their current jobs were developed outside of school entirely. That response was particularly prevalent among those with only high school degrees..." and while most respondents reported using technology in school, only 14% "said they did so for purposes of collaboration, which Gallup calls a key aspect of 'today's highly virtualized work environment.'"
School libraries have much more to offer than just access to books or other resources. In fact the statewide study, “One Common Goal: Student Learning,” found that student research capabilities and success are explicitly linked directly to collaborative inquiry-based instruction implemented through instructional teams, where the instructional role of the school librarian is key to helping develop deep knowledge and understanding, rather than that of information collection.
From the Institute For The Future. A report on the 6 drivers of the changing workplace, and the 10 skills necessary for future workers: sense-making; novel and adaptive thinking; social intelligence; transdisciplinarity; new media literacy; computational thinking; cognitive load management; design mindset; cross-cultural competency; virtual collaboration. Wow! Something here for every department at school! Let's teach the students and help prepare them!
"Good school libraries lift entire educational climate of a school". Evidence from a recent 2-phase study in NJ. The keys? Collaboration and cooperation between librarians, teachers, and administrators. Now you know why I keep offering to collaborate with all of you! It's not about me or you, it's about the students...
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