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1st Edition

Learning for the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Eight Education Competences

ISBN 9780367024376
Published March 13, 2019 by Routledge
170 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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 


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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