Students say IT education most relevant for future jobs

Monday, 20 January, 2020

Students say IT education most relevant for future jobs

Australian students are calling for more tech-based tools and skills in school, with new research suggesting they’re keen to learn via new technologies and prioritising STEM-based education in preparation for future jobs.

The research, commissioned by Microsoft Store Australia, sought to explore 10- to 16-year-old students’ ideas for the schools of the future.

According to Microsoft, 60% of respondents hope to see IT and computers form a core part of the school curriculum in the next 10 years.

Additionally, 65% are interested in learning more STEM-focused skills like coding, with one-third saying they’re not taught this currently, the company said.

Microsoft also believes Australian students consider STEM-based subjects most relevant to their future careers, with 63%, 61% and 57% prioritising IT, computers and science respectively, while only 51%, 45% and 44% prioritised PE, English and Music, the company said.

Respondents also indicated they’re looking for new tools and experiences, with 21% of students saying they wanted more opportunities to learn outside the physical classroom, 42% saying they wanted to interact more with classroom computers via touch screen and 27% wanting to interact with computers via voice command, the company concluded.

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