Teaching Beyond the Facts: What Else Do We Need to Teach Our Students?


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Target Audience

Health education professionals.

Educational Need

Higher education has traditionally done a good job at focusing students' depth of knowledge in a specific field, preparing engineers to work in a mechanical industry or social workers to work for government agencies. These students are "I-shaped" individuals - they are well-trained and well-prepared to work in specific contexts.

However, in the 21st-Century knowledge-economy, technical ability bounded to a single system is insufficient. In a world where information is readily available on a student’s phone, and facts and figures change daily, content delivery as the sole purpose for education is out-dated. According to recent data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 2015), the average person born between 1957 and 1964 changed jobs 11.7 times between ages 18 and 48, and recent data pushed in Forbes suggests that young people born between 1977 and 1997 intend to change jobs at an even faster pace. These changes in job, and even career, require that students be flexible and adaptable in terms of knowledge and skills. Also, as problems become more complex, students need the ability to continually learn and reach across boundaries; they need to have the skills to apply knowledge appropriately in diverse settings.


  • Review the perspectives of employers regarding the preparation we have provided our trainees entering the workforce.
  • Identify current trends in education towards inclusion of employability and professional skills training in the curriculum.
  • Gain insight into existing models of professional skills training in courses and curriculum.


Erica Wehrwein, PhD
Department of Physiology, Michigan State University

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