Weekly Roundup 27/7/17

July 27, 2017

This week’s roundup has lots of information on the future job markets that today’s students will be entering into. And of course, in the face of a changing tomorrow, we need to change how we prepare students today.

Future Job Markets

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Future Job Markets


Here at the STEM Learning Project we are all about helping young people develop skills for future success. It turns out that this future will be highly flexible and skills-focussed.

This article from The Australian talks about a growing trend among young people to build ‘career portfolios’. More and more, young people are customising their education pathways to give themselves the skills employers want, rather than going through an education course neatly from start to finish.

This is in line with the Foundation for Young Australian’s findings on the emerging job market. The report outlines seven major job clusters in Australia which share significant skill sets. Instead of staying in one job their whole lives, people will increasingly swap between careers in the same cluster.

Meanwhile, the Financial Review reports concerns about the future of Australia if maths and science standards continue to fall. The article reports on comments from DOW Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris about the responsibilities of scientists in Australia.


How Does Education Need To Change?

Automation and digital disruption
Automation and digital disruption are changing the job market. Young people need the skills to keep up.


This article from the Sydney Morning Herald speaks about how our educations systems need to adjust to the realities of our future job markets. Not only our teaching strategies, but the skills we teach need to change as well.

What we’re teaching will need to change…We need to start looking at how we can assess things like critical thinking.

–Rob Nairn, Australian Secondary Principal Association

Libraries, Science and Maths – Oh My!

Teacher Magazine recently published an infographic showing a connection between the number of books in a student’s home and their achievement levels in maths and science.

The figures are interesting, but is it as easy as buying a load of old books from the op shop and scattering them around your house? Doubtful – it’s more likely the reasons are far more complex. Perhaps having many books is a characteristic of a family that loves learning. Maybe there is a correlation with socio-economic factors. Whatever the explanation, these statistics at least show that traditionally separate subjects may be more integrated than we thought.

Getting Up and Moving

When it comes to learning, exercise can always make it better, says Caroline Milburn. She reports on findings from the University of Canberra that a good physical education program can boost literacy and numeracy scores.

Finally, from the Sydney Morning Herald we have this piece on how outdoor learning can have positive effects across the curriculum.