A conceptual model of capability learning for the 21st century knowledge economy

Bridgstock, Ruth S. & Hearn, Gregory N. (2012) A conceptual model of capability learning for the 21st century knowledge economy. In Rooney, David J., Hearn, Gregory N., & Kastelle, Timothy (Eds.) Handbook On the Knowledge Economy, Volume Two. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 105-122.

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This chapter proposes a conceptual model for optimal development of needed capabilities for the contemporary knowledge economy. We commence by outlining key capability requirements of the 21st century knowledge economy, distinguishing these from those suited to the earlier stages of the knowledge economy. We then discuss the extent to which higher education currently caters to these requirements and then put forward a new model for effective knowledge economy capability learning. The core of this model is the development of an adaptive and adaptable career identity, which is created through a reflective process of career self-management, drawing upon data from the self and the world of work. In turn, career identity drives the individual’s process of skill and knowledge acquisition, including deep disciplinary knowledge. The professional capability learning thus acquired includes disciplinary skill and knowledge sets, generic skills, and also skills for the knowledge economy, including disciplinary agility, social network capability, and enterprise skills. In the final part of this chapter, we envision higher education systems that embrace the model, and suggest steps that could be taken toward making the development of knowledge economy capabilities an integral part of the university experience.

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ID Code: 49417
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: education systems, graduate capabilities, higher education, knowledge economy, career identity development, HERN
ISBN: 978 1 84980 174 4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Edward Elgar Publishing
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2012 03:21
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2015 15:12

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