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Critical Thinking for Successful Jobs (Think4Jobs)

Goal: The project aims to strengthen insufficient University-Business Cooperation (UBC) for the effective promotion, development, support and assessment of students’ Critical Thinking (CT) through their transition into a professional context using apprenticeships as a privileged interface in order to “bridge the gap” between their skills and those needed by the labour market.

Educational research and employers repeatedly report a mismatch between the students’ CT skills and the labour market (and societal) needs. Thus, it is crucial to prepare students for complex, ever-evolving or yet non-existent job demands more than merely teaching them content.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2020-1-EL01-KA203-078797

Date: 1 September 2020 - 31 August 2023

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Panagiota Christodoulou
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This Report presents the findings of the “Critical Thinking for Successful JobsThink4Jobs” Partnership regarding the development of Critical Thinking Training Packages for Higher Education Instructors and Labour Market Organisations Tutors, namely Intellectual Output II. Considering previous research findings, it is suggested that despite HE and LMO instructors’ willingness to promote CT, they both might lack conceptual as well as procedural knowledge regarding CT. In order to assume that a common understanding between HE and LMOs can be achieved to promote CT skills development effectively in future graduates, the aim of this project was to develop a training course for HE instructors as well as LMO tutors.
To read more about the Training Course and the results of the research: https://think4jobs.uowm.gr/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Think4Jobs_IO2_ebook.pdf
 
Panagiota Christodoulou
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The current report is the first Intellectual Output (Output 1) of the THINK4JOBS initiative, which aims at improving students’ CT skills and dispositions by promoting collaboration between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Labour Market Organizations (LMOs). This is the case since according to relevant research findings, LMOs seem to expect employees to acquire CT skills in order for them to successfully address the needs of their work positions. Under this rationale, partners of the two aforementioned fields have decided to redesign and ameliorate HEI curricula by blending both HEIs and LMOs’ experience, knowledge and recommendations, while instilling this evidence into students’ apprenticeships. Apprenticeships offering practice in professional skills can actively lead to students’ understanding of their working environment and simultaneously scaffold CT development with the employment of mentoring. For this reason, the THINK4JOBS initiative exploits apprenticeships as a means of CT exploration and learning through which bridging the gap between HEIs and LMOs can be attained. Therefore, it is considered that in this fashion, students will be acquainted with the concept of CT and also be in the position of transferring it into their work settings, when entering the workplace.
The current report has a twofold aim:
· to trace and map the methods and/or techniques that CT is currently employed in HEIs and LMOs’ apprenticeships and apprenticeships focusing on any possible convergent or divergent points;
· to thoroughly describe and suggest work-based, learning scenarios that could bridge the gap between HEIs and LMOs’ curricula and simultaneously attempt to safeguard the requirements for graduates’ CT development and improvement.
To read the Report and our results follow the link: https://think4jobs.uowm.gr/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Think4Jobs_IO1_ebook.pdf
 
Dimitris Pnevmatikos
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The project aims to strengthen insufficient University-Business Cooperation (UBC) for the effective promotion, development, support and assessment of students’ Critical Thinking (CT) through their transition into a professional context using apprenticeships as a privileged interface in order to “bridge the gap” between their skills and those needed by the labour market.
Educational research and employers repeatedly report a mismatch between the students’ CT skills and the labour market (and societal) needs. Thus, it is crucial to prepare students for complex, ever-evolving or yet non-existent job demands more than merely teaching them content.