ERIC Number: ED391973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Balancing the See-Saw: A Kaleidoscopic Paradigm Shift of Know-How (21st Century Education and Training Priorities).
Lenaghan, Donna D.
The information and service industries are and will remain the largest areas of growth/employment. Among current/projected changes in the work environment are the following: greater competition within/beyond the continental borders of the United States; increasing reliance on new equipment/processes; more/constantly changing information to be produced, used, and stored; and older, smaller, and demographically diverse work forces needing specialized preparation. These changes require new types of training and education outcomes and ways of measuring corporate success. Demand for workers capable of manipulating and creating conceptual information or manipulating and applying discrete information will increase, whereas the types/numbers of jobs requiring workers capable only of completing directed actions will decrease. Leaders of human potential/training departments and colleges and universities must understand and anticipate the implications of these trends in the workplace and must develop strategies to prepare people to work with information and technologies that have yet to be invented. Preparing workers for the 21st century requires training them in five areas: basic skills, functional professionalism (management, marketing, teaching, human resources, research); learning levers (how to learn); people power (how to succeed with other people); and awesome thinking (how to think). (Appended are lists of projected demand occupations requiring different levels of education/training. Contains 25 references). (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Kansas City, MO, November 1995).