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New vision for education: unlocking the potential of technology

The New Vision for Education project examines the pressing issue of skills gaps and explores ways to address these gaps through technology. The key learnings include: education needs to address the 21st-century skills fully in order to prepare students for the evolving job market; education gaps exist between the developed and developing world, and countries vary on their respective outcome on 21st-century skill performance; technology, once integrated holistically for targeted problems, has the potential to help education better address these gaps; [and a] multistakeholder approach is required to fully realize the potential of technology to innovate education for the future.

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Corporate authors: World Economic Forum
Date: 2015
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Technology; Teaching and learning;

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Issues and challenges of technical and vocational education and training in Malaysia for knowledge worker driven

Many Asian countries are fast adopting the new and emerging technologies in industry and agriculture including Malaysia. The new technologies, in general, need a higher knowledge based system and would require enormous technical skills. This has a profound effect on the employment, education and training of technical manpower as well as in the training of [technical and vocational education and training] TVET. To move up the value chain to become a high-income economy, skilled workforce is vital in achieving this goal. As a result, it is important to increase the enrolment in TVET and raise the overall training quality. This paper will discuss the overview and the course of TVET in Malaysia. The main thrust of this paper is to highlight the challenges that overlay the implementation of TVET in Malaysia. Hence, the development of knowledge worker (K-worker) will be realized.

Many Asian countries are fast adopting the new and emerging technologies in industry and agriculture including Malaysia. The ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Ismail, Affero; Hassan, Razali
Conference name: National Conference on Engineering Technology
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Malaysia; Asia
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Technology;

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Relevance of computer assisted instruction (CAI) for effective skill development among technology education students in Nigeria

The main purpose of the study reported is to show how computer assisted instruction (CAI) has significantly impacted on all aspects of our lives particularly on education, it has radically influenced the way knowledge and information are generated, developed and transmitted in technology education. Every technology teacher must be acquainted with how to apply CAI in teaching technology education programme since teachers have a vital role in trainees skill development. Therefore, this study was designed to determine [the] relevance of computer assisted instruction for effective skill development among technology education students in Nigeria. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. The study was guided by two research questions and two hypotheses, tested at 0.05 per cent level of significance. The respondents for the study comprised of 310 technology vocational teachers. Mean and standard deviation were used to analyse the research questions, while t-test statistics was employed to test the hypotheses. The findings of the study among others revealed that technology vocational teachers should be skilful in using CAI in the production of teaching materials that can be used in developing appropriate skills, incorporate the use of media and technology for teaching where appropriate and technology vocational teachers teaching and managing courses through web-based system. It was recommended that [the] federal government should ensure that [the] policy statement regarding the provision of necessary infrastructure and training for use of computer[s] in the school system is effectively implemented and making it mandatory for technology vocational teachers in developing computer skills needed in [the] classroom environment. This could be achieved through adequate financial provision for tools and resources.

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Authors: Olabiyi, O. S.; Aiyelabowo, O. P.; Keshinro, O. T.
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Africa; Nigeria
Journal title: Journal of education and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Workforce development; Technology

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Bridging the gap between work and education in vocational education and training: a study of Norwegian apprenticeship training offices and e-portfolio systems

This article explores the effect that the use of e-portfolios initiated and organized by apprenticeship training offices has had on the learning processes and assessment practices of apprentices in Norwegian vocational education and training. Although these intermediate structures have the potential to bridge the gap between work and education, they seem to maintain a system of two parallel learning arenas. However, the article summarizes the innovative effects of these transformations as supportive structures for expansive apprenticeship. The study is based on data from a national project on quality assessment, which is supported by documentary evidence from e-portfolios in three different trades: plumbing, industrial mechanics and sales.

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Authors: Nore, Haege; Lahn, Leif Christian
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Norway; Europe
Journal title: International journal for research in vocational education and training
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Apprenticeship; Innovation; Teaching and learning;

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Using demonstration method to enhance the performance of first year High National Diploma (HND) secretarial students of Accra Polytechnic in typewriting

It was intended to enhance the poor performance of typewriting students by providing answers to questions relating to improvement, or otherwise in some specific techniques of typewriting. The researcher made use of interview, questionnaire and observation to identify the problem associated with typewriting in relation to students, lecturers and administration to collect data for the study. There was also the introduction of an intervention. The analysis showed that students do not practice, or take typewriting seriously, more also, there are not enough typewriters. Some students think typewriting is like any other subject and treat it as such. There has been changing of teachers every now and then and the methods of teaching and learning vary from one teacher to another. Again equipment is insufficient and those available not in good condition. These frustrate students so they do not perform well. The interventions used were demonstration and discussion methods. As the teacher implemented these designs, it was realized that the performance of students had improved tremendously and as such an extra period was also added to reinforce practical work. The results of the study indicated that reinforcement and counselling could be used as other interventions for improving the work output.

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Authors: Afriyie, Emelia Ohene
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Africa; Ghana
Journal title: Journal of education and practice
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Students; Teaching and learning;

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Technology skill development among education majors

This study sought to determine the influence that numerous variables have on the technology skill development of education majors. The study investigated how the participants' age, gender, race, ethnicity, level of comfort with technology, and learning style(s) correlated with their level of digital literacy. The results revealed that level of verbal-linguistic intelligence significantly correlated with the subjects' level of digital literacy, whereas the other seven multiple intelligence variables did not yield significant findings. Further statistical analysis demonstrated that each of the multiple intelligence variables (including level of verbal-linguistic intelligence) had a weak correlation with level of digital literacy when isolated from the other variables. Each one of the independent variables was found to be a poor predictor of the education majors' technology capabilities. Therefore, this article suggests that these variables (age, gender, level of prior technology use, etc.) should not be relied upon to predict a student's technology skills.

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Authors: Sherman, Chad
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Journal of technology studies
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Skills and knowledge; Literacy;

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Learning without teachers?: evidence from a randomized experiment of a mobile phone-based adult education program in Los Angeles

Over 755 million adults worldwide are unable to read and write in any language. Yet the widespread introduction of information and communication technology offers new opportunities to provide standardized distance education to underserved illiterate populations in both developed and developing countries. Using data from a randomized experiment of an innovative mobile phone-based adult education program (Cell-Ed) in Los Angeles, [the authors] find that the Cell-Ed program significantly increased students' basic and broad reading scores, equivalent to a two-four year increase in reading levels over a four-month period. The program also increased participants' self-esteem by seven per cent as compared with the comparison group. These results are robust to correcting for non-random attrition using a variety of non-parametric methods, including using the phase-in design to tighten the Lee bounds. [The] results suggest that there is great scope for using information technology as a means of improving educational skills for illiterate adults.

Over 755 million adults worldwide are unable to read and write in any language. Yet the widespread introduction of ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Ksoll, Christopher; Aker, Jenny C.; Miller, Danielle;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Working paper
Series name: Center for Global Development working paper
Subjects: Adult and community education; Literacy; Technology;

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The endogenous skill bias of technical change and inequality in developing countries

This paper draws on existing empirical literature and an original theoretical model to argue that globalization and skill supply affect the extent to which technology adoption in developing countries favors skilled workers. Developing countries are experiencing technical change that is skill-biased because skill-biased technologies are becoming relatively cheaper. Increased skill supply further biases technical change in favor of skilled labor. Free trade induces technology that favors skilled workers in skill-abundant developing countries and that favors unskilled workers in skill-scarce developing countries, and therefore amplifies the predicted wage effects of trade liberalization. These features aid [the] understanding of the observed rises in inequality within developing countries and the absence of a significant downward effect of expanded educational attainment on skill premia. They also help account for the large and differential effects of trade liberalization on inequality. These findings are pertinent for the Middle East and North Africa because of its recent increase in trade openness and remarkable rise in educational attainment.

This paper draws on existing empirical literature and an original theoretical model to argue that globalization and skill ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Behar, Alberto
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Africa; Middle East
Resource type: Working paper
Series name: IMF working paper
Subjects: Technology; Skills and knowledge; Employment;

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Professional development online for technical teachers in Vietnam: final report

This project set out to verify the technical competence of a small group of teaching staff in two of Vietnam’s largest providers of Australian TAFE qualifications. The distinguishing feature of this professional development project was the adoption, for the first time, of internet technology using chat, web cam and video conferencing.

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Corporate authors: Humanagers (Australia)
TAFESA
Date: 2006
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; Asia;
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Vocational education and training; Workforce development;

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Technology, globalisation and the future of work in Europe: essays on employment in a digitised economy

The industrial structure of European economies and the types of work that they support are changing. This change takes different forms in different countries but there are some common themes across the continent. Some of the changes are cyclical, the result of recession followed by a stuttering recovery. But other changes are the result of major structural forces operating in the global economy: the rapid pace of technological innovation, globalisation and demographic change. The purpose of this collection of essays is to highlight the most likely trends in employment across Europe over the next 10 years, and to find out how experts think policymakers, firms and individuals should respond.

The industrial structure of European economies and the types of work that they support are changing. This change takes ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Dolphin, Tony
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Europe; Germany
Resource type: Report
Series name: J. P. Morgan Chase New Skills at Work programme
Subjects: Technology; Employment; Globalisation;

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