ERIC Number: ED455408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Generic Skills for the New Economy. Review of Research.
The generic skills needed for the new economy were identified through a review of research studies. First, the development of sets of key competencies/key skills in Great Britain, the United States, and Australia were examined. The U.S. model, which involves a broader, more flexible, and more holistic set of generic skills, was contrasted with the Anglo-Australian model, which has resulted in a more narrowly focused and instrumental set of key skills/key competencies that are broadly similar. Next, the implications of key contextual shifts for generic skills were considered. The following topics were discussed: the emergence of the new knowledge-based economy and the impact of new technologies; the consequent pressures for lifelong learning and maintaining employability; changes in the workplace; and initiatives to foster an enterprise culture and innovation. The following were among the key conclusions: (1) there is no international consensus regarding identification of the essential generic skills; (2) fostering generic skills requires active learning strategies in which learners assume responsibility for their own learning; and (3) direct and indirect evidence of the impact of generic skills on business performance exists. (Ten tables/figures/boxes and 95 references are included. A glossary and description of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's DeSeCo Program are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Comparative Analysis, Competency Based Education, Definitions, Economic Change, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Glossaries, Holistic Approach, Human Capital, Innovation, Job Performance, Job Skills, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Learning Processes, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Models, Needs Assessment, School Business Relationship, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States