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ERIC Number: ED372199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 3
Abstractor: N/A
New Technologies and Emerging Careers. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Kerka, Sandra
Technological innovations are giving rise to structural changes in the economy that are in turn creating profound changes in the nature of work and work organizations. Predicted changes are: traditional hierarchical organizations in the workplace will give way to network or weblike forms of organization; customary vertical divisions of labor will be replaced by horizontal divisions characterized by collaboration among autonomous teams; customized manufacturing will replace mass production; new service industries and occupations will evolve; the numbers of specialists and integrators will increase; and a "freelance economy" will emerge. The following are some implications of these changes for education and training: more occupations will deal with abstract information and procedural or mathematical reasoning; preparation for work will include formal education plus contextual or craft knowledge; formal education may impart just a disciplined way of thinking and the habits/skills of lifelong learning; the increased value of experiential learning will require new forms of tech prep and apprenticeship for youth and adults alike; and individuals will need to develop new attitudes about the cyclical nature of careers, career paths, and continuous learning. (An annotated list of 17 related publications is included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A