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World turns its mind to work

Date: 27 February 2018

ONE of the world’s leading economic agencies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has weighed into the future of work discussion with position papers on both work and the changes needed in the education system.

The contributions are in accord with the work being pursued by QUT’s Real World Futures program which has had the future of work at it heart since launching in 2015.

And they will be part of the discussion at the next Real World Conversation, Changing Roles, a breakfast on March 13.

That breakfast will feature one of the world’s leading thinkers on the future of work, Associate Professor Michael Osborne, joining us live from Oxford and one of Queensland’s most innovative school educators, Ms Elizabeth Foster (principal of MacGregor State High School).

It will also look at how a regional city, the Sunshine Coast, can seize the opportunities of technology. Two Sunshine Coast Regional Council strategists, Dr Graham Fraine and Ms Jeanette Allom-Hill, will present.

The future of work has been a sleeper in public policy, overtaken until recently by concerns about work/life balance and how to keep an ageing workforce in place.

But work on the future of technology, led in part by Michael Osborne, has raised alarms about what will happen to jobs – and how we prepare for it.

A Senate committee, gathering evidence on what this means for Australia, has assembled the largest collection of views yet marshalled. A summary of how industry, government, unions and academics are seeing the future will be published as a special Real World Futures report next week.

It will be available in advance to registrants for the March 13 Real World Conversation.

The OECD position paper, The Future of Education and Skills – Education 2030, describes the multiple challenges for the education system in creating students who will be not just comfortable with change but are active change agents.

“Disciplinary knowledge will continue to be important, as the raw material from which new knowledge is developed, together with the capacity to think across the boundaries of disciplines and ‘connect the dots’,” the OECD says.

“… Students will need to apply their knowledge in unknown and evolving circumstances. For this, they will need a broad range of skills, including cognitive and meta-cognitive skills (e.g. critical thinking, creative thinking, learning to learn and self-regulation); social and emotional skills (e.g. empathy, self-efficacy and collaboration); and practical and physical skills (e.g. using new information and communication technology devices).”

Registrations remain open for the conversation which will be in QUT’s Room Three-Sixty. Breakfast will run from7.00am for a 7.30am start -9,00am.  Register here

David Fagan

February 2018

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.

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