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ERIC Number: EJ779231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Reading for Learning: Literacy Supports for 21st-Century Work
Gomez, Louis M.; Gomez, Kimberley
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n3 p224-228 Nov 2007
The U.S. work force is changing. Professional and related occupations and service occupations will be the fastest-growing sectors for the foreseeable future. Both demand strong communication skills for sharing complex ideas across diverse communities. In addition, the 21st-century economy will require its members to think creatively and critically while responding and adapting to rapidly changing situations. This is a significant shift away from the strictly structured and rule-governed work environments of the past century. Peter Drucker coined the term "knowledge worker" to characterize today's new type of employee. Knowledge workers can be found in high-tech, professional, and service industries. Schools must prepare the workers who will fill these positions. Being able to read in order to learn in a range of contexts will be critical in this market. "Reading-to-learn"--the ability to extract information and meaning from text--is clearly important, in school and out. In this article, the authors share their approach to helping teachers help their students acquire this crucial ability. (Contains 1 figure and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Degrees of Reading Power Test