Papers & Workshops



Personal Skills and Engagement in Learning: A Different Orientation for the Post-Compulsory School Curriculum


Jennifer Bryce

Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia

In light of the current proliferation of knowledge which is accessible and frequently changing it can be argued that, at the post-compulsory level of schooling, it is more important to focus on the development of personal and 'lifelong learning' skills than on the content of particular fields of study.
This paper will draw together:
· an outline of 'personal' conceptions derived from consideration of theories of more personal kinds of intelligence, such as emotional intelligence, Sternberg's 'practical' intelligence and Howard Gardner's personal intelligences
· an overview of work in progress on skills and competencies that employers look for when recruiting young people, and skills and competencies that young people feel they need when they start work
· a consideration, based on the work of Candy, of attributes needed by young people if they are to be lifelong learners and an outline of a survey that looks at reasons why 'mature age' people return to study.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000