Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Aprendiendo en la escuela para los empleos del mañana

Ana Burgués


Purpose: The economic crisis highlights the importance of education as a driving force
for change. Learning skills that provide the ability to access jobs that allow a good
quality of life has taken a decisive role in the educational development of people.
Therefore, schools must adapt to the needs of today's informational society in line with
the objectives of Europe 2020. This article examines whether these needs are best
answered on democratic management schools.
Design/methodology: It is analyzed three educative experiences from the
compulsory and permanent education. To do it, it has been done communicative life
stories to teachers and volunteers at these three schools managed democratically.
Findings: Schools with democratic management are more permeable to the needs of
citizens, as they include their voice in the educational curriculum. Therefore, there is a
greater adaptation to future labor market needs, as currently contemplated in the
European strategy.
Social implications: The results of this study contribute to the open scientific debate
centered in the relation between the model of school management and its impact on
the future employment of people. According to this debate, increasing democracy in the
school management could generate greater possibilities to get better jobs.
Originality/value: Putting the issue of democratic school management at the centre
of the employability debate could make possible to move from partial solutions that do
not improve the capabilities to find work, to global solutions that take into account the
educational needs of the people involved

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