STELAR Webinar: The Psychology of Working


Dr. David Blustein, one of the authors of the STELAR white paper "Building the Foundational Skills Needed for Success in Work at the Human-Technology Frontier," presented in the second of four webinars in our series exploring the educational and social implications of living, learning and working in a future driven by technology. 

How does work contribute to our social and psychological well-being and the stability of our nation?

On Thursday, February 8, STELAR hosted Dr. David Blustein of Boston College, as he described his Psychology of Working Theory (PWT) as it related to the future of work. Building off research from vocational psychology, multicultural psychology, intersectionality, and macro-levels analyses of work, PWT proposes that contextual factors are fundamental to career attainment. PWT also highlights the importance of K–12 education as a way of mitigating some of these contextual factors while strengthening students’ career adaptability (capacity for exploration and planning) and sense of proactivity. By addressing these psychosocial factors through both STEM content and guided STEM career-development activities, ITEST helps youth develop the tools they will need to access and persist on the STEM career path of their choosing.

The archived webinar appears below, and presentation material are listed under related documents. 


Learn more about the webinar series: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-series-work-human-technology-frontier

Read an introduction to the paper, written by Joyce Malyn-Smith: http://stelar.edc.org/blogs/joyce-malyn-smith/building-foundational-skills-needed-success-work-human-technology-frontier

View and download the full article from the EDC website: http://www.edc.org/sites/default/files/uploads/HumanTechnologyFrontierWhitePaper.pdf

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