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MIT J-WEL Releases New Framework for Understanding Uniquely Human Skills Under an Open License
Researchers interviewed experts and compared 41 frameworks to develop a new model of Human Skills
By: MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab
"There is so much variation in what people call these skills: social skills, soft skills, power skills, transverse skills, etc. And there's even more variation in the skills that these frameworks highlight," remarked J-WEL Principal Research Scientist George Westerman "That's why we undertook this effort—to identify and structure a set of human skills that we can believe in, and that others might find useful."
The Human Skills Matrix (HSX) is being released under an open license that allows educators, non-profits, and companies to build on the framework. The HSX is available on the J-WEL website at http://jwel.mit.edu/
To create the HSX, the MIT team surveyed literature to identify work already conducted in the domain and then interviewed faculty, employers, and other thought leaders about the non-technical skills needed for future jobs. The team identified 41 frameworks published by a range of for-profit and non-profit organizations. The analysis of the literature, interviews, and other frameworks produced a list of 44 items across four categories of skills. To refine and validate this list, the researchers invited thirty experts to rank and select the most important skills. Taken together, the findings led to the development of the 2 x 2 Human Skills Matrix containing 24 skills, within a meta-level 2x2 framework of four key areas 1) thinking, 2) interacting, 3) managing ourselves, and 4) leading.
On March 4, J-WEL will offer a workshop, "Human Skills: From Conversations to Convergence,"