Building Competencies for Careers

Maria Ferguson, Diane Stark Rentner, Nancy Kober, Matthew Frizzell, Matthew Brau, Center on Educational Policy, May 31, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This report (16 page PDF) explores how deeper learning competencies apply to the workplace through an analysis of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database. The deeper learning competencies include such things as learning to learn, critical thinking, academic mindset, collaboration and communication. The deep learning competencies were required in all 301 occupations evaluated, especially necessary in those occupations with a "bright" outlook. According to the authors, this " validates the idea that employees still need a range of skills and competencies even if they already have extensive content knowledge."
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