Preparing students for a future of changing knowledge

January 12, 2017

How do we prepare graduates for working with “knowledge that doesn’t yet exist, using practices that don’t yet exist, in jobs that don’t yet exist[?]” asks Thomas Carey for Inside Higher Ed. Carey argues that one of the best ways to prepare students for future knowledge practices is to treat the classroom as a model workplace. The author highlights nursing programs as a “particularly lucid” example of academic programs that help students build the ability to thrive in changing work environments. Another way to further this goal is to create a culture in which the classroom is seen as a teaching and learning workplace, the author adds, concluding that “ultimately, we’ll have to tackle the need for faculty members—and our other educators—to be effective models as ‘critical friends’ of changes in workplace practices.” Inside Higher Ed