1st Edition

Learning for the Age of Artificial Intelligence Eight Education Competences

By Alan M. Lesgold Copyright 2019
    170 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Learning for the Age of Artificial Intelligence is a richly informed argument for curricular change to educate people towards achievement and success as intelligent machine systems proliferate. Describing eight key competences, this comprehensive volume prepares educational leaders, designers, researchers, and policymakers to effectively rethink the knowledge, skills, and environments that students need to thrive and avoid displacement in today’s technology-enhanced culture and workforce. Essential insights into school operations, machine learning, complex training and assessment, and economic challenges round out this cogent, relatable discussion about the imminent evolution of the education sector.

    1. Overview   

    2. Human Life in the Age of Smart Machines 

    3. Competence Needed to Work in the Age of Smart Machines 

    4. Public Schools Today and What Is Missing 


    Goals of Education in the Past 

    Goals for Education in the Future 

    5. Schooling: Curriculum and How It Should Change 

    Transition: Living in Two School Worlds at Once 

    The Ability to Learn Efficiently and Quickly 

    Socioemotional Skills 

    Skills of Civic Participation 

    Ability to Evaluate Information 

    Facility in Collaborative Activity 

    Management of Personal Finances 


    Physical and Mental Fitness 

    6. Where Can Children Learn All This? 

    The Importance of Redundancy  

    7. Some Personal Reflections 

    8. How Do Schools Evolve? 

    Dealing with the History of American Education 

    Schooling in the Age of Smart Machines 

    9. Apprenticeships and Similar Experiences 

    Traditional Apprenticeships 

    Porous Career Paths 

    Learning the Eight Competences In and Out of School 

    Deepening the Subject-Matter Curriculum 

    An Example of In-School Focus on the Eight Competences 

    Out-of-School Opportunities for Every Child 

    10. Creating a "Third Place" 

    11. A Few Possible Ways to Address the Eight Competences 


    Informal Apprenticeships 

    Scaffolded Real Tasks 

    Scaffolded Simulated Tasks 


    Clubs and Sports 

    Governance Structures  

    12. Learning to Teach the Eight Competences 


    Parents, Political Leaders, and Business Leaders 

    "Third Places" 

    13. Assessing Learning of the Eight Competences 

    The Tyranny of Assessments 

    Tests That Do Good without Causing Problems 

    Stealth Assessment 

    Structured Social Moderation and the Use of Rubrics 

    Simulation-Based Assessment 

    A Choice: Continuous Improvement for All Children or Strong Public Control 


    14. Concluding Observations 

    Preserving Democracy 

    The Value of Redundancy 

    The Role of Charters 

    Lifelong learning 

    Needed Data Systems 

    Investing in Learning Opportunities 

    It Is Time to Act 

    Other Countries Are Pursuing These Goals 

    A Possible Path toward a Transformed Educational System 

    We Are a Society that Can Do Hard Things 



    Alan M. Lesgold is Renée and Richard Goldman Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Education, Psychology, and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

    "If you care about more deeply understanding what it will take to design educational systems that prepare the next generations for a rapidly changing world—especially the ways in which smart machines will influence our careers, work, and life—this book is a must-read."Rich Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education, Professor of Education, Vanderbilt University, USA

    "This is an essential book for those who are exploring the impact of artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies on education, the workforce, and life. Alan Lesgold recommends the development of eight competencies in school, home, and ‘third places’ to help us adapt to our rapidly changing world. As a leader in the evolution of cognitive science and intelligent tutoring systems, he is the ideal person to write this book." Art Graesser, Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis, USA

    "Alan Lesgold’s ‘voice’ is a pleasure to read, as he makes complex ideas eminently readable. After having spent his whole career in the world of educational research and application, his observations and use of research are interesting and informative."Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, School of Education and Departments of Psychology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware, USA