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 •  August 14

Where are the robots, exactly? One answer—if you read the steady flow of doomy articles online — is that automation is everywhere, not just all over the media but (you would have to conclude) thoroughly infiltrating the economy. In that sense, the trend seems omnipresent even as it spawns a kind of free-floating dread amongst the chattering...

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 •  August 10

Automation in manufacturing has created an employment paradox: robots and computers have automated many routine tasks in recent decades, while new jobs in sectors like manufacturing still go unfilled for want of workers with the necessary skills. In July, the electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced plans to open a new factory in Wisconsin to...

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 •  August 4

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment report released today shows that 209,000 new jobs were added in July. In this blog post, I put forward three alternative projections for job growth in July 2017, each of which was calculated using methodology outlined in my past research. Applying a more stable seasonal adjustment to the raw data, and...

Brookings

 •  August 4

The Jobs gap has closed The Great Recession caused labor market devastation on a scale not seen for many decades. Millions of jobs were lost in the United States during 2008 and 2009, leaving the labor market with a hard road to recovery. Indeed, that recovery has required many years of job growth, and it was only in April 2014 that total...

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 •  March 28

Education needs to be informed by the science of learning. This was a strong message coming out of last month’s conference Learning and the Brain: The Science of How we Learn, and one that we hear often from people across the fields of psychology, education, neuroscience, and technology, as well as from practitioners working in the field and...

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 •  March 1

Education researchers have a unique opportunity. There is a global shift in education toward complex skill sets like collaborative problem solving. For such skills, the assessment challenge has preceded development of how to teach the skills. Researchers can conceptualize the nature of these “21st century skills” and how teaching methods, unbound...

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 •  January 17

The importance of work-ready skills has long been endorsed, but only recently have we seen a move from focus on specific skills for jobs (vocational skills) to generic or 21st century skills necessary for all entering the workforce. But while enthusiasm for “skills” in education abounds, let’s think about some realities. Authors A recent UNESCO...

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 •  January 12

“In the end, the future of manufacturing in America is going to be high-value, high-tech, and more automated—dominated by new production technologies and fast-evolving supply chain practices.” – Mark Muro, Senior Fellow During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump cited the loss of American manufacturing jobs and seemed to lay the blame on...

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 •  January 4

Amid the hoopla of celebrating a deal to save 800 jobs at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana last month, President-elect Donald Trump promised to usher in a “new industrial revolution“—one that sounded as much like a social awakening as a manufacturing one. How will the nation achieve that renaissance, though? If past is prologue, the Trump...

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 •  October 28, 2016

Which of these two photos, A or B, reveals an organizational culture that is controlling? As institutions, large companies, and small firms dedicate tremendous resources to strengthen their innovation potential, many fail to realize that their office design can be a key building block or a barrier for achieving their goals. Author The Anne T. and...