Educators who have promoted the societal value of life-long learning must take heart from the growing acceptance by business and industry leaders that career-long education and development is essential for their survivaL This dawning realisation has been prompted by the harsh realities of competitive, global economics. Increasingly business leaders recognise that managers and employees must learn and adapt or contract and shut down. Ironically, much of the tough language of business and industry in regard to essential learnings and understandings (competencies) can be found in documented debate, system reports and teacher discourse of the seventies, a discourse labelled 'soft' by those who placed their faith in a narrow, fundamentalist, core skills approach to school education and training. Though sputterings of "back to the basics!" are still heard from time to time, these views are held by a conservative (albeit still powerful) minority.
Research and Development as an Essential Work Practice for Teachers..
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