Chaos to Capability : Educating Professionals for the 21st Century
Citation:Hays, J. (2015). Chaos to capability: Educating professionals for the 21st century. Unitec ePress Monograph Series (1). Retrieved from http://www.unitec.ac.nz/epress/
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3053
Built on two decades of research, thought, writing, and teaching, in Chaos to Capability: Educating Professionals for the 21st Century, Hays argues that a transformation in higher education teaching and learning is crucial and possible. Convincing evidence indicates that conventional university education inadequately equips graduates for the complexity, contention, and contestability they will confront upon entry into their professional careers and pressing needs locally and globally for initiative and self-direction, creativity, and collaboration. This monograph explores these insufficiencies, presents a core set of capabilities and dispositions required of professionals in the 21st Century—a curriculum for the modern age—and discusses practical issues and implications with respect to implementation. Topics addressed include (1) educating for uncertainty and unknowability, (2) the vicious-cycle, unanticipated consequences of conventional approaches to education, (3) the requisite paradigm shifts and role transitions in teaching and learning, (4) unlearning, threshold concepts, and transformational learning, and (5) the paradoxical nature of chaos and its contribution to capability-building. Key contributions include models of the learning continuum, with its portrayal of and distinctions between learning backward and learning forward, and the cube, which depicts the intersection of capabilities, dispositions, and discipline-specific knowledge and skill. Hays concludes by claiming that the attributes, meta-abilities, and dispositions catalogued in Chaos to Capability comprise a "curriculum for the unknown", the requisite repertoire of professionals and professional practice for the new millennium global world. This curriculum is attained, he suggests, not by greater quantity of content, but of more encompassing, holistic, and authentic design and delivery. Guidance provided on how to do this may help educators develop programmes more in keeping with realities of the 21st Century.
Keywords:tertiary education, higher education, curriculum design, professional practice, anticipatory, generative, innovative learning, generic skills, graduate attributes, citizenship, holistic education, complexity, practice-based education, creativity, professional education, curriculum reform, transformational learning, unknowability
ANZSRC Field of Research:130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Copyright Holder:Unitec ePress
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