Future of Education01 February, 2019
Built on decades and even centuries of tradition, our current education system is producing young people who are process- and target-oriented, trained for success in the examination hall, but lacking the core skills required for the future of work.
This traditional mindset contrasts deeply with 21st century work experiences, where young people will be continually stretched and challenged. They’ll break down tasks, solve problems and be measured on the results. They will be asked to think and then to do.
To better prepare students for the exciting future being created by Intelligent Connectivity, we must first accept that it is insufficient to simply “know”, and that it is impossible to fully understand without actually “doing”. We must structure education around the principles of experiential learning and the mantra “think, do, learn”.
Experiential education uses carefully chosen experiences, supported by reflection and critical analysis, that require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for the results. In this model, the students actively investigate, query, experiment, collaborate, solve problems and use their creativity, constructing meaning and integrating previously developed knowledge. Learners are engaged intellectually, emotionally and socially in a dynamic environment where they will experience success, failure and adventure.
While we need to re-evaluate how we embrace the strategies of experiential learning across all aspects of the curriculum, in the short term we must create flexibility in timetabling to allow for at least 20 per cent experiential learning.
To support the adoption of experiential learning, it must be complemented by productive relationships with businesses and institutions throughout the local community, creating a common vision that benefits teachers, employers and our young people. We must provide continuing professional development for educators, equipping them with the skills to lead and the knowledge to provide career guidance to students entering the workforce of the future. And most importantly, we must provide students with varied and meaningful employer experiences.
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