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Lecture (No.105): Lifelong Apprenticeship: to Cultivate Competent Students in the Age of AI Machinery


 On April 19, 2017, Professor Alan Lesgold, Dean of School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, delivered a lecture entitled “Lifelong Apprenticeship: to Cultivate Competent Students in the Age of AI Machinery.” The lecture was chaired by IICE Professor LIU Baocun and attended by graduate and postgraduate students from the IICE.

 

Professor Lesgold is a professor of psychology and intelligent systems, and he is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), in experimental, applied, and educational psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Educational Research Association.

 

Professor Lesgold began by addressing the features of the new times and the challenges young people are faced with, and thus analyzing the necessity for schools to cultivate lifelong apprentices. As young people put higher demand from universities and schools in the AI age, Prof. Lesgold pointed out that schools had responsibilities to prepare their students for a successful entrance into the job market by highlighting several key qualities for students to gain: fast learning, skills to participate in social life, ability to assess information, the ability in 4Cs (complexity, communication, cooperation, and creation), personal finance management, confidence, and physical and psychological health. Among all these qualities, Prof. Lesgold especially emphasized the 4Cs ability, arguing that it enabled students to cope well with the complicated world in the new times as numerous world affairs and issues could only be resolved by the quality that 4C represented, such as cooperation and communication.            


 
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