Symposium 529 - 21St Century Skills In A Changing Nature Of Work

Measurement and psychometrics
Friday May 19   04:15 PM to 05:45 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Intel Theatre
Research methodology
Measurement and psychometrics
21st Century Skills in a Changing Nature of Work 
J. Mainert 1,*
1University of Luxembourg, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg

Kevin R. Murphy, Limerick University
Main Abstract Content: State of the Art. In the course of technological and organizational change, human tasks at work have shifted to become less routine and more complex - affecting human capital (HC) requirements, measurement and conceptualization. To close the concomitant gap between the type of employee required by the market and the employees who are actually being provided by higher education, the OECD (2012) and the National Research Council (2012) called for advancements to research on HC via the integration, measurement, and conceptualization of research on 21st century skills (21CS).
New Perspectives/Contributions. We highlight why and how work and organizational psychologists can take advantage of research on 21CS and their assessment. With a focus on assessment advances, we present vital theoretical perspectives, new frameworks for assessment on an individual, organizational, and societal level, innovative instruments, and their validation. Specifically, we (1) report how, if at all, leadership skills have changed over the past 25 years, (2) illustrate how new multilevel assessments of regional skills can highlight and address skill trends, (3) show how job complexity relates to regional economic growth, (4) introduce vacancy mining to describe 21CS-jobs, (5) validate an item-response theory-driven assessment of affective states during 21CS-processes, and (6) examine the incremental link between 21CS and occupational success.
Research/Practical Implications. To ignite a discussion, we propose six ways to move beyond state-of-the-art HC assessments. We provide empirical evidence suggesting that various approaches to studying 21CS can address, inform, and advise important HC challenges amidst rapid technological and organizational change.

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