About this Research Topic
Being able to communicate effectively is widely regarded as one of the critical 21st Century skills for workplace success. However, it is clear that many young people graduate from formal schooling with noticeable deficiencies in being able to demonstrate sound communication skills, including oral and written skills that will be communicated through a variety of digital tools and networks. Such difficulties often prevent young people from reaching their full potential in school, assigning them to a life of poor employment prospects and poverty.
But why is it important for these skills to be developed and what implications do they have in these young people’s lives? How is this lack of communication skills different to before? Is there a loss of abilities or were those abilities never developed to young people in the first place?
Difficulties in communication may also include being unable to reason and problem-solve, critique ideas and information, demonstrate flexibility and creativity in thinking, and collaborate effectively with others. These failings naturally raise questions about what schools are doing to rectify this situation.
The purpose of this Frontiers in Education Research Topic is to highlight the evidence that has emerged on those pedagogical practices that promote student communication skills and learning with a view to helping to ameliorate this decline. There is much to be gained by sharing and further developing research on how different pedagogical practices can be implemented to enhance learning.
This article collection welcomes submissions including empirical research, reviews of relevant research, case-studies, and theoretical papers, with a focus on different types of communication, including oral and written communication and various digital technologies that are used to promote learning.
Keywords: communication skills, pedagogical practices, digital tools, networks
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