Abstract: There is growing evidence from multiple sources within the United States as well as internationally that education is not preparing students for the workforce demands of today, much less tomorrow. While the acquisition of content knowledge remains critically important, it is not enough. The changing global economic and societal realities, as well as rapid technological transformations are reshaping life and work, as well as redefining and re-prioritizing the skills that employees and citizens must have in order to succeed. One skill that has attracted increased attention is collaborative problem solving (CPS). Increasingly, in a wide range of workplaces, employees work in teams – face-to-face and with peers around the country or around the globe to develop solutions to non-routine problems. Data on the need for CPS competency come from numerous surveys, reports, and research studies over the past two decades.

Keywords: cognitive and collaborative skills, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), workforce