Davide Di Palma, Giovanni Tafuri


In the context of upper secondary school, the research analyzes the relevance of pedagogical responses to the demand for skills in the world of work. Results revealed that school leaders and teachers perceived preparation for university education as the major intent of secondary education, without considering the opportunity to enter the working world. The study identified that communication skills, teamwork, time management, independent work, ability and readiness to learn, and selfmanagement are the competencies employers require from employees who graduated from secondary school. However, a teacher-centered instructional approach that has an insignificant contribution to acquiring the required work skills was the dominant pedagogical strategy employed in the schools. It is therefore concluded that the school environment and teaching approach was not relevant enough to provide students with the skills required in the world of work.


Didactic-Pedagogical Skills, Pedagogical Practice, Secondary education, work Skills, World of Work

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