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Data Literacy.ca - Teaching and learning data skills
"This site hosts the output of a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis project examining publications and resources around one central research question: How can post-secondary institutions in Canada best equip graduates with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required for the data-rich knowledge economy? In short, what do we know about how to teach data literacy, and what do we still need to discover?"
data-literacy  literacy  data  competency  skills  education  pedagogy  21c  future 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Skill Gaps, Skill Shortages and Skill Mismatches:Evidence for the US
"Concerns that there are problems with the supply of skills, especially education-related skills, in the US labor force have exploded in recent years with a series of reports from employer-associated organizations but also from independent and even government sources making similar claims. These complaints about skills are driving much of the debate around labor force and education policy, yet they have not been examined carefully. The discussion below examines the range of these charges as well as other evidence about skills in the labor force. There is very little evidence consistent with the complaints about skills and a wide range of evidence suggesting that they are not true. Indeed, a reasonable conclusion is that over-education remains the persistent and even growing situation of the US labor force with respect to skills. I consider three possible explanations for the employer complaints as well as the implications associated with those changes."
economics  jobs  labor  skills  education  skill-development 
august 2014 by tsuomela
The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken - Forbes
"When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure. Nothing fractures corporate culture faster, and eviscerates talent development efforts more rapidly, than rewarding the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Don’t reward technical competency – reward aggregate contribution."
business  management  skills  competency  contribution  rewards  measurement  leadership 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings
" Motivated by these patterns, we argue that it is valuable to consider a richer framework for analyzing how recent changes in the earnings and employment distribution in the United States and other advanced economies are shaped by the interactions among worker skills, job tasks, evolving technologies, and shifting trading opportunities. We propose a tractable task-based model in which the assignment of skills to tasks is endogenous and technical change may involve the substitution of machines for certain tasks previously performed by labor. We further consider how the evolution of technology in this task-based setting may be endogenized. We show how such a framework can be used to interpret several central recent trends, and we also suggest further directions for empirical exploration. "
economics  technology  technology-effects  work  labor  routine  offshoring  outsourcing  middle-class  education  skills 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Skills, Competencies and Literacies, Oh My « Easily Distracted
"What I worry about when I hear this pushback against talk of skills, literacies and competencies is that it is easy for that to slide into a belief that liberal arts inquiry is distinguished by its comprehensive resistance to or rejection of the language of practicality, applicability or usage. Or that such talk, if not rejected, should be swallowed up in a fog of opacity and evasion, dissolved by irreducible complexities."
skill-development  skills  pedagogy  teaching  justification  utility  humanities  college 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Who Is IOZ?: Leverage
"Skills" applied to workers, whatever color the collar, are a gatekeeping scam, a device of the technocratic, managerial elite to maintain their workforce in a state of utter dependence, to tether workers to the will of the bosses just as surely as non-portable health insurance and the expiration of unemployment benefits. They are part of a strategy whereby employers can anytime deprive workers of their jobs, but workers can never bargain with their own labor. Quit your job, take six months off, and try to find another. Just try. "Well, your resmume is very good, but there does appear to be a substantial period of unaccounted-for unemployment here. We're just a little concerned that your skill sets may not be fully current with what we're looking for . . ." The idea of rapidly sunsetting skills, of a worker's obsolescence in the face of six months or a year or two of less-than-fulltime employment, is a fraud. It has nothing to do with ability and everything to do with compliance.
economics  rant  skills  employment  business 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Why your boss is incompetent - life - 17 December 2009 - New Scientist
Economist Edward Lazear, also of Stanford, is one person who has tried to pin down why. His suggestion is that it is down to chance. People mostly get promoted because they have performed a particular task unusually well. That could be because they are generally competent, but equally they might just by fluke have been well-suited to that one job.
business  organization  promotion  talent  skills  success 
january 2010 by tsuomela
The (Skilled) Presentation of Self in Everyday Life « Easily Distracted
In general, this is why setting out to teach self-presentation is a tricky business. For one, it’s genuinely difficult to assess or grade self-presentation or speaking in a way where feedback works to help a student improve. The major pedagogy you need is more akin to the pedagogy employed in performance or studio art, where the professor needs to react in the moment, and where some of the feedback needs to be as public and shared as the speaking itself might be. That can get very sticky or emotionally fraught for many students. If you’re in a performance class, you expect that kind of judgment. If you’re in a small discussion class focused on an academic subject, you might not be so willing to go through that gauntlet.
self-presentation  education  pedagogy  teaching  college  skills 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Gregory Clark -- As Economic Disparity Grows, Higher Taxes May Be Only Solution
..the economic problems of the future will not be about growth but about something more nettlesome: the ineluctable increase in the number of people with no marketable skills, and technology's role not as the antidote to social conflict, but as its instigator.
technology-effects  employment  jobs  labor  skills  education  taxes  economics  trends  future 
august 2009 by tsuomela
The Dana Foundation - Learning, Arts, and the Brain: The Dana Consortium Report
Learning, Arts, and the Brain, a study three years in the making, is the result of research by cognitive neuroscientists from seven leading universities across the United States. In the Dana Consortium study, released in March 2008, researchers grappled with a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?
art  education  learning  skills 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Power-Biased Technological Change and the Rise in Earnings Inequality
New information and communication technologies, we argue, have been ‘power- biased’: they have allowed firms to monitor low-skill workers more closely, thus reducing the power of these workers. An efficiency wage model shows that ‘power-biased technical change’ in this sense may generate rising wage inequality accompanied by an increase in both the effort and unemployment of low-skill workers. The skill-biased technological change hypothesis, on the other hand, others no explanation for the ob- served increase in effort.
money  power  job  career  work  labor  technology  technology-effects  skills  growth  economics 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The No-Stats All-Star - NYTimes.com
another Michael Lewis sport profile, a la Moneyball. Let's apply statistics to basketball !
sports  basketball  statistics  by(MichaelLewis)  stardom  fame  success  teamwork  team-building  skills  innovation 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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