Learning for Life

How Continuous Education Will Keep Us Competitive in the Global Knowledge Economy

 Learning for Life

Authors: Jason Wingard, Michelle LaPointe
Pub Date: September 2015
Print Edition: $32.95
Print ISBN: 9780814433638
Page Count: 256
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814433645

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To address the skills gap—we need to rethink HOW we educate.

Today’s global knowledge economy requires individuals and companies alike to quickly adapt to new tools and strategies. To remain competitive, both must continually upgrade their skills. In the United States, however, support for ongoing education lags far behind other developed nations, creating a crippling skills gap.

How did we get to this point, and why are other countries faring markedly better? What keeps our nation’s vast network of corporate training, workforce development, and K-12 and college education so fragmented and inefficient? Gathering insights from key thought leaders and exemplary programs, Learning for Life examines:

Why America’s existing educational models are failing employees and employers • The shift from content knowledge toward new ways of thinking and working, grounded in creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration • Policies and programs that are working in the U.S. and abroad • Recommendations for overhauling our education and training infrastructure and building partnerships between providers and employers

In a constantly changing world, the stakes are high to ensure our workforce performs. Learning for Life points to the most promising pathways for getting there.

About the Authors

JASON WINGARD, PH.D., is Dean and Professor of the School of Continuing Education at Columbia University and President and CEO of The Education Board, Inc. Previously, he was Chief Learning Officer of Goldman Sachs and Vice Dean of Executive Education at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Learning to Succeed. MICHELLE LAPOINTE, Ph.D., is a Policy Research Fellow in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Principal of LEAD, LLC. Previously, she was Research Director for the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute at Stanford University and Education Specialist for the U.S. Department of Education’s Planning and Evaluation Service. She is co-author of Preparing School Leaders for a Changing World.

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