Skills for the 21st Century

Cognitive and Literacy Skills for Success in a Fast-Paced Technological Age


Welcome to Skills for the 21st Century – Thanks for dropping by!

 Pease join us in talking about the skills you think adults will need to succeed in the workplace and society in the next 10, 20, even 50 years.  This site is maintained by Duren Thompson and Bill McNutt.

On March 16, 2010, Bill and Duren presented on this topic at the National COABE conference in Chicago Illinois: Preparing Adults for the 21st Century Workplace: Cognitive and literacy skills for success in a fast-paced technological age.
[ conference handout |conference presentation]

We believe that future success will be based on meta-cognitive skills rather than skill with specific hardware and software.   We urge educators and policymakers to focus on changing *methods* rather than simply investing in more and more technology that becomes outmoded more and more quickly.

This blog is intended to focus on Adult Literacy Education and address topics such as the following, but we are open to other ideas!

  • Futurism  – examining predictions of the future and its effects on society, education and the workplace
  • Job Skills  – looking at current and reliably predicted upcoming job skills like collaboration.
  • Meta-Skills  – discussion of specific cognitive skills would/may be needed to be succeed in the predicted future.
  • Pace of Change  – reflections on the pace of change and its effects on us now and in the furture.
  • Teaching Ideas  – posting of teaching ideas, resources and lesson plans to address these issues, specifically the metacognitive skills discussed.
  • Technology in the Workplace – examining how technology is changing the workplace and the workforce (primarily in America).
  • Changing the Adult Education field and its approach to technology education.

If you are interested in contributing a post to this blog, please send it via e-mail.We will review it and (most likely) happily post it. Regular contributors may be given login and posting priviledges. We’d really like this to become a blog for many voices – not just ours.

Duren and Bill work for the Center for Literacy Studies, which is housed at the University of TN Knoxville.

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