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Industry 4.0 Diagnosis from an iMillennial Educational Perspective

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Training for Teaching Career and Social Sciences Department, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, 313, Splaiul Independenţei, Sector 6, RO-060042 Bucharest, Romania
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Robots and Production Systems Department, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, 313, Splaiul Independenţei, Sector 6, RO-060042 Bucharest, Romania
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10010021
Received: 23 September 2019 / Revised: 18 December 2019 / Accepted: 8 January 2020 / Published: 16 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education for the Professions in Times of Change )
Although the new economic paradigm is based on the rapid evolution of technology, it is not clear if this evolution is only dependent on a spectacular transformation of human resources or if the evolution of human resources has imposed major changes at a technical level as well. The main focus of this paper is to identify how to cope with these new technologies as educational actors, using a diagnosis of contemporary generation characteristics. The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) imposes a rapid evolution (or revolution) of the human resources paradigm in engineering: iMillennials should adapt to that paradigm, and the paradigm should be adapted to them. The research objectives were to identify some relevant characteristics of iMillennials’ technological background and to create a map of the abilities of this generation as required by the evolution of new technologies. For a batch of students with a technical background, two psychological inventories that describe emotional intelligence and motivation acquisition were applied. Each inventory used focuses on certain features that describe motivational achievement (AMI) or emotional intelligence (EQ-I). Besides the motivational features, the AMI questionnaire also refers to socio-emotional abilities. A correlation between the parameters of the two inventories occurred. Three correlated parameters (assertiveness, reality testing, and commitment) were identified. Based on these results, a constellation map of soft skills was designed to match characteristic features of iMillennials with necessary competencies for an Industry 4.0 environment. Furthermore, this paper proposes a tool for educational actors to cope with these transformations based on the new technologies of Industry 4.0 and the characteristics of the iMillennials generation. View Full-Text
Keywords: iMillennials generation; soft skills; constellation map of capabilities for education; Industry 4.0 iMillennials generation; soft skills; constellation map of capabilities for education; Industry 4.0
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Cotet, G.B.; Carutasu, N.L.; Chiscop, F. Industry 4.0 Diagnosis from an iMillennial Educational Perspective. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 21.

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