Improving 21st Century Skills in the U.S. Air Force
Download Free Electronic Document
|PDF file||0.2 MB||
Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.
The job skills needed for today — and tomorrow — are rapidly changing. Advances in technology mean workers must be trained in cognitive and interpersonal skills that help them adapt to new requirements. These skills are known as 21st century skills. In this Perspective, the authors share research from the private and education sectors on 21st century skills — and suggest ways in which further exploration could inform and improve U.S. Air Force efforts to increase agility of its airmen. The authors give a brief definition of 21st century skills and compare the term's common competencies to those of the Air Force. The research approaches suggested could ultimately inform the continuum of learning and development in the Air Force.
Research conducted by
This research was sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (SAF/MR), and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services, U.S. Air Force (AF/A1) and conducted by the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program within RAND Project AIR FORCE.
This publication is part of the RAND Corporation Perspective series. RAND Perspectives present expert insights on timely policy issues. All RAND Perspectives undergo peer review to ensure high standards for quality and objectivity.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.