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Ambient Knowledge: Human Capital Development Strategies for US Economic Competitiveness
Provost's Spotlight on Scholarship Series / Winthrop University (2016)
  • Antje Mays
Ongoing media coverage has made much of skill mismatches and their impacts on US employment conditions and global economic recovery. Recent research across business and education has uncovered skill shortages spanning technical and industry-specific competencies, higher-order cognitive skills such as analysis, critical thinking, and synthesis, as well as behavioral skills and values such as work ethic, integrity, and good citizenship. These US findings are echoed by executive opinion surveys and policy research by international researchers including as OECD, the World Economic Forum, and the World Bank. As human capital theory points out, the social fabric and economic soundness of nations is closely tied to populations’ education and skills as individuals’ full economic and societal participation cannot occur without relevant knowledge and skills. Drawing on human capital theory, global survey of practical human capital challenges broken out by countries’ development stages, and active-learning theories, this presentation offers educational strategies for developing the skills widely cited as needed but in short supply in US business, military, education, and policy circles.
  • Constructivism (Learning),
  • Postsecondary Education,
  • Human Capital,
  • Vocational Education,
  • Labor Force Development,
  • Job Skills,
  • Cognitive Structures,
  • Experiential Learning,
  • Cooperative Learning,
  • Reflection,
  • Teacher Role,
  • Educational Environment,
  • Interpersonal Relationship,
  • Career Education
Publication Date
February 4, 2016
This presentation summarizes the dissertation (full document here).
Citation Information
Antje Mays. "Ambient Knowledge: Human Capital Development Strategies for US Economic Competitiveness" Provost's Spotlight on Scholarship Series / Winthrop University (2016)
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