Soft Skills in an EdTech and Neuroscience perspective

Neuroscience and education

All learning depends on the rewiring of neurons into new patterns. From this prerequisite, it takes 10 000 hours of learning to become an expert within a certain field according to recent research. The new rewired patterns in the brain once established creates a new unconscious competence and when focused on one selected field it creates expertise. However, to reach this level you also require soft skills, meaning the ability to critical thinking, leadership, problem-solving and adaptability etc. The bridge to develop these skills in an accessible and effective way nowadays is formed by educational technologies. In this way, you also improve your competence in another of the most important parts of today’s and future working life, digital literacy.

Skills mismatch

As the McKinsey research report Education to Employment shows a profound mismatch between the job skills employers need today and the skills that education systems worldwide provides, the simple points above could transform educational systems to better prepare students the working life’s requirements. Unique expertise, great soft skills and wide-ranging digital literacy are what employers are looking for.

According to the World Economic Forum’s “Future jobs report” the requirements of the labour market developed as follows since 2015. Where creativity and emotional intelligence is the two skills that advancing most on the top 10-list.

World Economic Forum's Future jobs report -skills 2020

World Economic Forum's Future jobs report -skills 2015












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