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ERIC Number: ED455408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 95
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87397-724-6
Generic Skills for the New Economy. Review of Research.
Kearns, Peter
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)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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