What is it about?

This research is based on a theory that accounts for the dynamic aspect of systems modeling, complexity theory, skill identification, and workforce development. The methods and approaches for this research are therefore drawn from existing and emerging methodologies in a mixed-methods approach. This interdisciplinary approach is predicated on the conception that “disciplinarity is no longer the dominant system for creating and organizing knowledge, and that knowledge creation is now trans-disciplinary, more reflexive, non-linear, complex and hybridized” (Yawson, 2009, p.9).

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Why is it important?

It is common to hear academics and practitioners talk about 21st Century Skill needs. This started before the dawn of the Century, yet we are into the third decade of the century and we are still grappling with the issue. Using Nanotechnology, one of the early advances in Technology at the beginning of the century to empirically determine the 21st Century Skill needs and the methods and approaches to do that. The study is practitioner-oriented and yet it does not flinch from theory. It is also a great resource for doctoral candidates and early researchers interested in mixed methods study


This is exciting research. Real-Life systems approach study.

Professor Robert M Yawson
Quinnipiac University

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This page is a summary of: A Systems Approach to Identify Skill Needs for Agrifood Nanotechnology: A Multiphase Mixed Methods Study, Human Resource Development Quarterly, September 2016, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21266.
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